Claims started circling via an article from The Hollywood Reporter back in June that Bourne Legacy‘s Tony Gilroy would be taking over Rogue One reshoots as it’s director from Gareth Edwards. Some were under the impression that Edwards was in the the dog-house, even though he made an appearance at Star Wars Celebration in London with a smile on his face promoting the film.
In addition, THR has confirmed that Tony Gilroy, a screenwriter whose credits range from asteroid blockbuster Armageddon to three Jason Bourne movies and the Oscar-nominated Michael Clayton, is working on the new pages for the script. Gilroy, like Crane, has a relationship with producer Frank Marshall, husband of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
Sources say Gilroy, who also directed a trio of movies including Bourne Legacy, also will be involved in helming the reshoots, which will take place at Pinewood Studios outside London. The length of the reshoots has not been revealed; some sources have pegged the shoot to take up to six weeks.
Another report from The Hollywood Report reaffirms that Gilroy directed the five weeks of Rogue One‘s reshoots, but are now adding that Tony and Gareth Edwards are working together in the editing room. Apparently, one of the major sequences that was reshot included the film’s ending. This seemingly making a clearer picture of what is actually going on behind the scenes, which isn’t as terrible as some think it is.
Gilroy, an uncredited writer on Disney’s upcoming ‘Star Wars’ film, is “supervising” the edit with input from director Gareth Edwards and was heavily involved in five weeks of reshoots that tackled several issues, including the ending.
Several insiders say Tony Gilroy, an uncredited writer on Disney’s upcoming spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has been empowered to take the lead on postproduction for the Dec. 16 release, even as director Gareth Edwards remains involved in the project.
Edwards still being this involved in the post-production process means that he wasn’t replaced or thrown-off the project, they’re referring to the pairing as collaborative as they previously worked together on Godzilla.
One insider painted the Edwards-Gilroy pairing as collaborative, which should be no surprise: Gilroy, who has a relationship with Kennedy’s producer husband, Frank Marshall, from the Bourne series, also helped Edwards out during the making of Godzilla.
During a follow-up piece with Entertainment Weekly director Gareth Edwards and studio head Kathleen Kennedy talked about the reshoots, but didn’t exactly refute the claim that Gilroy would direct the reshoots.
“I mean it was always part of the plan to do reshoots. We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit,” he says.
What’s the nature of the material being reshot? “There’s lots of little things that we have to get, but it’s all little things within the preexisting footage,” he said. One complication, he added, was that the cast is large, so individual shots with small groups of them add to the schedule.
“Obviously, you’ve got to work around everyone’s schedule, and everyone’s on different films all over the world, and so it’s a bit of a logistical nightmare,” he said. “That’s why I think it’s been blown out of proportion a little bit.”
He sounded exasperated by the wilder rumors. “It’s funny, making a film stops you believing anything you’ve ever read on the Internet,” he said.
“There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography,” she said. “I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make.”
This doesn’t seem like a bad thing and it’s hard to say that the film looks disappointing based on the footage we’ve seen.
Rogue One is set for release on December 16th, 2016.