There’s a tendency out there in Internet Land to panic whenever something appears to be going wrong. What’s worse, plenty of people have little-to-no idea how a movie is put together and so when they hear a word like “reshoots”, they freak the hell out. So is the case with the next flick from the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. To be fair, when some movies go back for reshoots, it’s because the execs have no faith the movie will stand on its own given its current incarnation. With Rogue One, however, both director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm guru Kathleen Kennedy are stepping up to reassure the fans that it’s no big deal.
To hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s what Edwards had to say on the matter:
“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.”
“There’s lots of little things that we have to get, but it’s all little things within the preexisting footage.”
“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. That’s why I think it’s been blown out of proportion a bit.”
“A film is a very creative, organic process, and it evolves over time. There’s no right or wrong. There’s just ‘better’ and ‘best,’ and with Star Wars, nothing but the best is going to do. So we’re just putting a lot of pressure on ourselves until the very end, making this the greatest film it can be.”
He certainly sounds confident enough. And though Star Wars: The Force Awakens was no cinematic masterpiece, it was still fun and exciting enough to keep people wanting more. I’m guessing that there will be little difference when it comes to the standards they set for Rogue One.
As if to drive home the point, Kathleen Kennedy also chimed in about the reshoots and how they’re there to help the final product, not duct tape it together because it’s a big mess, as some fans are worrying may be the case.
“There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography. I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make.”
But what kind of movie should we expect to see? Edwards has a few words to say on that subject as well:
“I’d definitely describe it as: It’s got dark tone. The studio has been very supportive of that. I mean, the sort of tone we were going for when we started was the tone you have in films like The Empire Strikes Back. And that’s not in any way been compromised.”
A darker tone? Well, if you’re going to be making another 100 or so Star Wars movies (which it feels like Disney will do as long as interest does not wane), then given them different tones and genre elements is the smart play. Audiences will have their favorites, for sure, but most of the fans aren’t going to be complaining as they shell out their $10 for a ticket, no matter what the tone.
What say the Nerd Readers? Are your fears alleviated? Or is the world still doom and gloom as far as Rogue One is concerned?
See for yourself once the movie hits the big screen later this year on December 16th.
Source: Entertainment Weekly