Rogue One has been under fire for it’s upcoming scheduled reshoots, which most films of this scale undertake during it’s production. The original report from gossip column Page Six, created the narrative that Disney was unhappy with the film, and the reshoots were being put together to “save” the film.
We’ve heard that reshoots were always happening, and could have been held-off to include newly cast lead actor of the Han Solo spin-off, along with other possible cameos.
Here’s the official comment from Disney about the reshoots.
The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting. Coming off ‘The Force Awakens,’ there’s an incredibly high bar for this movie and we have a responsibility to the franchise and to the fans to deliver the best possible movie we can.
Making Star Wars, had been spreading rumors about the reshoots, and they would replace 40% of the film, mentioning Christopher McQuarrie (who penned rewrites) would be working alongside Gareth Edwards on the reshoots. This giving the impression he’d be involved as a director or holding his hand throughout the process.
McQuarrie reached-out to SlashFilm to debunk his involvement.
If there are any reshoots on Rogue One, I’m not supervising them. For any outlet to say so is not only wrong, it’s irresponsible. Gareth Edwards is a talented filmmaker who deserves the benefit of the doubt. Making a film – let alone a Star Wars chapter – is hard enough without the internet trying to deliberately downgrade one’s years of hard work. Who does that even serve? Let him make his movie in peace.
Christopher is known to correct rumors and trade reports, and his word is usually gold.