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Rumor suggests Rogue One is reshooting 40% of its script; McQuarrie responds

06.03.2016

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Earlier this week we reported a rumor posted by Page Six that ROGUE ONE would be doing reshoots this summer. The site's sources stated this was due to executive dissatisfaction. This smoke gave way to some serious fire and since then, we've seen several other sites claim that there is no dissatisfaction, that the reshoots are to add more levity, that they're to add more time for a cameo, etc. Everyone had their own opinion on it, but then a recent one came along suggesting that there was A LOT more going on that we didn't know about.

Making Star Wars recently said that they spoke to several crew members, and that this was the gist of the information going around:

  • Some crew initially heard J.J. Abrams was supervising the reshoots.
  • Gareth Edwards is doing the reshoots himself but with a partner, Christopher McQuarrie.
  • Christopher McQuarrie, the final writer on Rogue One will be working extensively with Edwards onset to make sure they’re on the “same page” with the most recent draft of the film.
  • Christopher McQuarrie’s draft of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was considered superior to the film they shot previously.
  • It was not Edwards’ fault as McQuarrie’s draft wasn’t completed when much of the film was shot and revisions kept coming in that made the film feel uneven.
  • 32 sets have been recreated for the reshoot.
  • The crew expects they are reshooting 40% of the film.
  • They are working 6 days a week for 8 weeks.

As Doc Brown might say, that production is in for some serious shit. Now, it's important to note that we can't take all of this at face value. Even on a film set, there's a lot that crew members aren't privy to, and we have proof of that thanks to Christopher McQuarrie himself. It was said long ago that he did some re-writes on ROGUE ONE, but McQuarrie called out news sites on his Twitter account, asking why this would even be reported without at least TRYING to confirm some of it with him.

I mean, what kind of film site would report this news without going to the . . . oh, oh wait. Okay, I get it!

Christopher McQuarrie

Fortunately, Christopher McQuarrie was goodly enough to give a statement to Slash Film regarding his position on ROGUE ONE. While it doesn't exactly clear up all those notes, it does suggest that we're getting a little excited over nothing. Check it out:

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.

And there ya have it. The fact is, it's really business as usual as far as filmmaking goes. Things can seem hectic and out of control, or perfectly calm, and it almost never has a bearing on the final product. Look at the troubled production of JAWS, for example! The fact is that we don't know the extent of these reshoots or what they're reshooting. What we do know is that it's happening so Gareth Edwards and Co. can make a better film for everyone and that's a GOOD thing!

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY will open in theaters on December 16, 2016.

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9:05AM on 06/05/2016
I read an article shooting down most of these rumors. The reshoots were planned a long time ago. And while they are reshooting some scenes,none of them are battle sequences or supposedly lightening it up to make it more "family friendly". only more dialogue to flesh out the characters. They aren't building a ton of new sets And they pretty much stated that if it was 40% then they'd be clammoring to push the opening date back, which they are not.
I read an article shooting down most of these rumors. The reshoots were planned a long time ago. And while they are reshooting some scenes,none of them are battle sequences or supposedly lightening it up to make it more "family friendly". only more dialogue to flesh out the characters. They aren't building a ton of new sets And they pretty much stated that if it was 40% then they'd be clammoring to push the opening date back, which they are not.
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5:54PM on 06/04/2016
Yeah the trailer made me nervous. It didn't feel like a Star Wars movie. And to make matters worse, you know what else had aggressive reshoots? Fantastic 4. Just sayin....
Yeah the trailer made me nervous. It didn't feel like a Star Wars movie. And to make matters worse, you know what else had aggressive reshoots? Fantastic 4. Just sayin....
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12:09PM on 06/04/2016
I'm praying this movie doesn't "trank."
I'm praying this movie doesn't "trank."
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11:26AM on 06/04/2016
I'm not surprised though... im sorry, it seems that Gareth Edward is a new IT guy, but his Godzilla was a very uneven movie, some nice visuals, but that was about it.... I doubt anything has to do with McQuarrie...
I'm not surprised though... im sorry, it seems that Gareth Edward is a new IT guy, but his Godzilla was a very uneven movie, some nice visuals, but that was about it.... I doubt anything has to do with McQuarrie...
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10:59AM on 06/04/2016
"What we do know is that it's happening so Gareth Edwards and Co. can make a better film for everyone and that's a GOOD thing"

you have seen the film without reshoots ? if not how can you say they are making it better ? to be able to compare one has to know what to compare so I wonder what goodies they send you to post comment like that...
"What we do know is that it's happening so Gareth Edwards and Co. can make a better film for everyone and that's a GOOD thing"

you have seen the film without reshoots ? if not how can you say they are making it better ? to be able to compare one has to know what to compare so I wonder what goodies they send you to post comment like that...
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8:49AM on 06/04/2016

Remember Sony leaked emails

How I see it --- Great, spend money and fix the problems --- I'll be right there watching in December!
Anything else, oh well ...
How I see it --- Great, spend money and fix the problems --- I'll be right there watching in December!
Anything else, oh well ...
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8:34PM on 06/03/2016
Just do what JJ does. Remake an old movie, maybe empire or are they saving that remake for episode 8.
Just do what JJ does. Remake an old movie, maybe empire or are they saving that remake for episode 8.
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7:51PM on 06/03/2016
"What we do know is that it's happening so that Gareth Edwards and Co. can make a better film for everyone and that's a good thing."

Don't be delusional. To reshoot 40 percent of a movie for what? $40 million or so because Disney execs didn't like the dorector's vision is insanely bad news. This is not normal or run of the mill "reshoots". This is a major crisis. Hopefully it turns out well, but let's not all pretend this is somehow a "good thing".
"What we do know is that it's happening so that Gareth Edwards and Co. can make a better film for everyone and that's a good thing."

Don't be delusional. To reshoot 40 percent of a movie for what? $40 million or so because Disney execs didn't like the dorector's vision is insanely bad news. This is not normal or run of the mill "reshoots". This is a major crisis. Hopefully it turns out well, but let's not all pretend this is somehow a "good thing".
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10:03PM on 06/03/2016
The 40 percent thing is a rumor, nothing more.
The 40 percent thing is a rumor, nothing more.
10:36PM on 06/03/2016
It sure is being widely reported. JoBlo shouldn't put it out there if it's just a rumor.
It sure is being widely reported. JoBlo shouldn't put it out there if it's just a rumor.
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7:25PM on 06/03/2016

Disney does reshoots on all of their major films

Disney does reshoots on all of their major films (Marvel), why should this be any different?

Im happy they are spending money to improve the film rather than release something that isn't as good as it could be and still cash in on the Star Wars money.
Disney does reshoots on all of their major films (Marvel), why should this be any different?

Im happy they are spending money to improve the film rather than release something that isn't as good as it could be and still cash in on the Star Wars money.
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11:03AM on 06/04/2016
if they do reshoots all time, why do not they shoot the version first place ? spending more cash makes movie better ? right lol. first wolverine had massive reshoots. the movie. piece of crap.
if they do reshoots all time, why do not they shoot the version first place ? spending more cash makes movie better ? right lol. first wolverine had massive reshoots. the movie. piece of crap.
4:05PM on 06/04/2016
What most people call reshoots are really just called additional photography. Sometimes you dont know exactly what you need to bridge scenes or to flesh out characters until it gets to the edit room. It happens on a lot of movies especially when new drafts and rewrites come in almost daily. This is the inherent danger when shooting a film out of order. Structure or clarity can get lost in the shuffle when you are just trying to make your day.

Here is a better explanation of the process.
What most people call reshoots are really just called additional photography. Sometimes you dont know exactly what you need to bridge scenes or to flesh out characters until it gets to the edit room. It happens on a lot of movies especially when new drafts and rewrites come in almost daily. This is the inherent danger when shooting a film out of order. Structure or clarity can get lost in the shuffle when you are just trying to make your day.

Here is a better explanation of the process.

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6:09PM on 06/03/2016
I remain optimistic. If there are actual problems with the production, I think they'll be able to turn it around and we'll still end up with a good movie. Even if not, it doesn't really matter anyway. Episode VIII is the one they have to get right.
I remain optimistic. If there are actual problems with the production, I think they'll be able to turn it around and we'll still end up with a good movie. Even if not, it doesn't really matter anyway. Episode VIII is the one they have to get right.
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6:05PM on 06/03/2016
This is weird, and I've heard different things, but wasn't "Saving Private Ryan" used directly as a direction the film was going in? SPR in space or something? Surely not every battle in this universe is graceful and features choreographed fights. I mean, in TFA the bad guys blow up a (was it 3?) planets who hadn't attacked them or anything. Just destroyed them, men, women, and children. The logline of SPR meets Star Wars was what really interested me. It doesn't need to be rated R and
This is weird, and I've heard different things, but wasn't "Saving Private Ryan" used directly as a direction the film was going in? SPR in space or something? Surely not every battle in this universe is graceful and features choreographed fights. I mean, in TFA the bad guys blow up a (was it 3?) planets who hadn't attacked them or anything. Just destroyed them, men, women, and children. The logline of SPR meets Star Wars was what really interested me. It doesn't need to be rated R and have the gore SPR did, but it can depict war more accurately. And I think that tone fits with this story. So if that's the main concern, did the suits not realize this is what they greenlit? I was excited to see no Jedi on the battlefield, and I always assumed this/these movies would never have the financial success of the main SW films (unless it has Han Solo's name in it or something). I have actually always thought that the general movie audience would be confused by these anthology films and think they were main SW films, at least at first. And on Solo, I'm indifferent about his prequel (tho I don't want the mystery of why he's a smuggler/scoundrel completely explained BC it'll never top my imagination), but he SHOULDNT be in this. Darth Vader is enough, and I'd say he's the most popular character in the series. If this movie ends 10 mins before #4, the two actors playing solo will look radically different. Vader is enough of a "gift."

The only problem I can understand the suits having is that the tone isn't consistent with the other films, and the film that picks up 10 mins later. But again, they should have known this, and these are different characters. These aren't politicians and princesses who have to go about things a certain way, these are soldiers. I've only seen 3 seasons of GOT, but it reminds me of the tone around Jamie Lannister - rich, attractive, arrogant, royalty. He's always been treated as he is better so his scenes, even when he's a prisoner, have that tone. That's not the same for ppl who were born in nobody families. The tone is darker and no one really cares if they die. I assume 90% of the rebels in this came from families of no importance. So this makes sense they don't have an attitude like Leia.

None of this could be true, but from what I understand, this doesn't sound good.
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6:10PM on 06/03/2016
And franchise schedule or not, why are films still starting shooting without a finished script? That hardly ever turns out well. Changing a film BC of bad early viewings is one thing, but big name franchise or not, why do ppl sign on without a completed script? Or at least a completed draft? There's a lot idk ab this particular situation I guess
And franchise schedule or not, why are films still starting shooting without a finished script? That hardly ever turns out well. Changing a film BC of bad early viewings is one thing, but big name franchise or not, why do ppl sign on without a completed script? Or at least a completed draft? There's a lot idk ab this particular situation I guess
5:55PM on 06/03/2016

Maybe, maybe not

The thing is, employees under contract with Disney are likely compelled to say positive things, while simultaneously discouraged and perhaps even barred from saying anything negative.
The thing is, employees under contract with Disney are likely compelled to say positive things, while simultaneously discouraged and perhaps even barred from saying anything negative.
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5:48PM on 06/03/2016

I hope..

They don't lighten the film up, I hope they still keep it dark like that trailer. But add some stuff to the stories and have it add up to a new hope. I'll be pissed if they take away from the overall tone of the film. And I hope to god that VADER plays a huge part in this movie.
They don't lighten the film up, I hope they still keep it dark like that trailer. But add some stuff to the stories and have it add up to a new hope. I'll be pissed if they take away from the overall tone of the film. And I hope to god that VADER plays a huge part in this movie.
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4:25PM on 06/03/2016
Speaking of Back to the Future, that's another movie that reshot a significant minority of its scenes at the last minute when they recast the main freakin' character. Turned out well for them!
Honestly, the laser-focus on "reshoots" that's occurred in movie news in the past few years is stupid, and it betrays a serious ignorance about the process of filmmaking. Reshoots matter the way D-list celebrities matter.
Speaking of Back to the Future, that's another movie that reshot a significant minority of its scenes at the last minute when they recast the main freakin' character. Turned out well for them!
Honestly, the laser-focus on "reshoots" that's occurred in movie news in the past few years is stupid, and it betrays a serious ignorance about the process of filmmaking. Reshoots matter the way D-list celebrities matter.
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2:42PM on 06/03/2016
40%??? That's a serious chunk of the film. Not to mention they probably have to re-render CGI effects. I'm sure they're firing on all cylinders to meet the December deadline. Just hope the rush job won't ruin the film. Maybe they should push the film back to next summer.
40%??? That's a serious chunk of the film. Not to mention they probably have to re-render CGI effects. I'm sure they're firing on all cylinders to meet the December deadline. Just hope the rush job won't ruin the film. Maybe they should push the film back to next summer.
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2:16PM on 06/03/2016

And on the subject of the movie....

This is and always was a pointless dilution of the product of Star Wars, nothing but a cash grab. Glad to see they're having problems. Won't change Disney's mind about future crap and mismanagement of their acquisitions, but they might lose a little of that 4 billion they've hauled down this year.
This is and always was a pointless dilution of the product of Star Wars, nothing but a cash grab. Glad to see they're having problems. Won't change Disney's mind about future crap and mismanagement of their acquisitions, but they might lose a little of that 4 billion they've hauled down this year.
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4:27PM on 06/03/2016
Bullshit. If it was "nothing but a cash grab", there would be ANY reshoots. What's the point of dumping more money into production for something you're just trying to churn out? Especially when the prequels proved you don't need a good movie to get fans in the seats??

Also: "glad to see they're having problems"? What the hell is your deal? Don't root for people to lose their jobs, jesus.
Bullshit. If it was "nothing but a cash grab", there would be ANY reshoots. What's the point of dumping more money into production for something you're just trying to churn out? Especially when the prequels proved you don't need a good movie to get fans in the seats??

Also: "glad to see they're having problems"? What the hell is your deal? Don't root for people to lose their jobs, jesus.
4:32PM on 06/03/2016
Actually, having problems = reshoots = more jobs going on longer.
Actually, having problems = reshoots = more jobs going on longer.
5:39PM on 06/03/2016
considering the movie hasn't come out..I am not sure how you can even make a comment like that. Obviously Disney bought the rights to make more movies. Obviously people are very interested. Is there something wrong with expanding the stories? I guess there could come a time when it's watered down. But, 8 movies (counting this one) in 40 years is hardly the time to make that deduction.
Do you think Disney has a reputation of turning out a bunch of crap?
considering the movie hasn't come out..I am not sure how you can even make a comment like that. Obviously Disney bought the rights to make more movies. Obviously people are very interested. Is there something wrong with expanding the stories? I guess there could come a time when it's watered down. But, 8 movies (counting this one) in 40 years is hardly the time to make that deduction.
Do you think Disney has a reputation of turning out a bunch of crap?
2:14PM on 06/03/2016

I don't know what it is exactly

But it just seems to me that in the last couple weeks, this website has gone seriously downhill. :/
But it just seems to me that in the last couple weeks, this website has gone seriously downhill. :/
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4:03PM on 06/03/2016
I think it's been a gradual shift from back when I first joined, when JoBlo was the underdog that was shamelessly fan-friendly. Fast-forward and now the fans are the moviemakers. Marvel does shameless fan service, Star Wars does, too. DC gets pummeled for not being fan-friendly enough.

Now, add in the factor that people's opinions seem to matter so much more now than they used to. And that internet news is more bullsit in general than it used to be (click-bait galore). JoBlo is not immune to
I think it's been a gradual shift from back when I first joined, when JoBlo was the underdog that was shamelessly fan-friendly. Fast-forward and now the fans are the moviemakers. Marvel does shameless fan service, Star Wars does, too. DC gets pummeled for not being fan-friendly enough.

Now, add in the factor that people's opinions seem to matter so much more now than they used to. And that internet news is more bullsit in general than it used to be (click-bait galore). JoBlo is not immune to these trends. And the writing staff has made a real shift, too. I miss Mike Sampson, but when Paul Shirey chimes in in his own words, I still pay attention. Same goes for Chris Bumbray. And I still look for the old readers like Soloist, ConMan, Netforce, and a few others, JoBlo's loyal strike-backers.

But I agree, the site is not what it once was. Then again, neither am I.
4:23PM on 06/03/2016
This site still isn't nearly as bad as Cinimablend's clickbait. And I mean, the site has always been opinion heavy
This site still isn't nearly as bad as Cinimablend's clickbait. And I mean, the site has always been opinion heavy
4:33PM on 06/03/2016
Yeah Hoyle, well said. Some of the more current writers really rub me the wrong way. There's still some backbone for sure, but things do change.
Yeah Hoyle, well said. Some of the more current writers really rub me the wrong way. There's still some backbone for sure, but things do change.
5:57PM on 06/03/2016
As writers come and go, there's always going to be a shift in opinions and takes on things.

But you know what, this site is pretty hands off in the comments section, and seemingly supports the notions of free speech. There's something to respect in that.
As writers come and go, there's always going to be a shift in opinions and takes on things.

But you know what, this site is pretty hands off in the comments section, and seemingly supports the notions of free speech. There's something to respect in that.
1:54PM on 06/03/2016

Uhh

Could you guys at least pretend to be impartial when writing news articles. Makes me sick reading some of these. You don't have to pat your readers on the head with "don't worry! It'll be good I'm sure"
Could you guys at least pretend to be impartial when writing news articles. Makes me sick reading some of these. You don't have to pat your readers on the head with "don't worry! It'll be good I'm sure"
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7:22PM on 06/03/2016
I didn't get that impression from this article at all and Sean is pretty much always impartial with his articles. If you want to complain about something on this site, wait for the next Billy Donnelly article, as I'm sure it will be ripe with controversy.
I didn't get that impression from this article at all and Sean is pretty much always impartial with his articles. If you want to complain about something on this site, wait for the next Billy Donnelly article, as I'm sure it will be ripe with controversy.
10:57AM on 06/04/2016
agree totally ! with tonytr87
agree totally ! with tonytr87
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