Re-shoots for Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is creating a significant disturbance in the Force. Reports of Disney studio executives not being happy with Edwards’ cut and ordering four weeks of re-shoots has fans worried about the ultimate product. It was said that Disney wanted to add some more humor to Edwards’ grim version. Now, it has been learned that the re-shoots will also focus on some action sequences.
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) reveals that stunt coordinator Simon Crane has been brought in to help polish the action sequences of the movie. It was revealed earlier that Disney has set J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the gold standard on which to judge the future movies of the franchise. That film worked wonders at the box office because Abrams was able to successfully tap into the fan base of the original “Star Wars” films as well as provide enough new and exciting content for today’s generation. But with that standard, Edwards’ “Rogue One” felt tonally different and grimmer.
“Rogue One” has been described as a “war movie.” While that may be an exciting new territory for hardcore Star Wars fans, it may not sit well with a wider audience. So, lightening the tone somewhat and adding touches of humor in addition to re-shaping the action sequences would likely make it more enjoyable and less indulgent. However, Entertainment Weekly (EW) has learned that the grittier tone of “Rogue One” promised in the trailer will not be watered down. EW’s sources have also revealed that no test screenings were done. Only Disney CEO Bob Iger and studio chief Alan Horn have seen it.
Simon Crane has been involved with the action aspect of films like “Aliens,” “Braveheart,” “Titanic,” “The Mummy,” “World War Z,” and “Edge of Tomorrow” in addition to many “James Bond,” “Jason Bourne,” and “Indiana Jones” entries. It is very much understandable now that the movie will have some spectacular action sequences, probably unlike anything seen in a Star Wars movie before.
The EW and THR articles also mention that “Michael Clayton” director Tony Gilroy will be the second unit director of the re-shoots. It’s apparent that Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm trusts Gilroy enough to hand him the responsibility of making tweaks and additions to the script as well as helming the action sequences. Kennedy’s husband, Frank Marshall, produced the “Bourne” films which Gilroy wrote. Gilroy, who has worked with Gareth Edwards before in “Godzilla” (2014), will reportedly be involved with future “Star Wars” projects as well.
The re-shoots will also incorporate the cameo of a very prominent “Star Wars” character.