Tony Gilroy on 'Rogue One' Reshoots: They Were in "Terrible Trouble"

“Rogue One A Star Wars Story”

Whatever your thoughts on how Rogue One ended up, there's little doubt that the story evolved quite a bit throughout the film's production, including infamous reshoots and reworking by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tony Gilroy. Tony Gilroy, who handled Rogue One's reshoots, opened up about the situation and shared how he approached tweaking the "troubled" vision of the film.

Speaking on his motivations for picking up the Rogue One job, Gilroy said it had to do with how fixable the predicament Disney and Lucasfilm were in seemed to him.

Regarding the extent of his role on the movie, EW says sources within Lucasfilm said that as well as offering notes on the first director's cut and writing additional material to enhance the story, Gilroy also helped Edwards by acting as second unit director on reshoots. Maybe one day, on a super-special 25-film Star Wars mega box set Disney unveils in the not-too-distant future, everyone will sit down and finally give us the full story. More on that duo in a moment. Whole scenes teased in the Rogue One trailers hit the cutting room floor. In a new interview with The Moment With Brian Koppelman podcast, screenwriter Tony Gilroy recounted his experience of a film in "terrible, bad trouble". "It doesn't appeal to me, but I don't think Rogue really is a Star Wars movie in many ways", he added. So I had no reverence for it whatsoever.

Thank the Maker Gilroy had a unique perspective on the film since he evidently could care less about Star Wars. I've had discussions with fans over the years on the matter; that those involved with Star Wars films must be a die-hard fan. Evidently, that's not necessarily true. Later, we learned exactly how much the film changed during the reshoot process. A similar fate (apparently) awaited the upcoming Solo film, but Lawrence Kasdan and Kathleen Kennedy had a case of deja vu - faced with the same issue once again.


Each of the directors involved with helming a Star Wars film has expressed their admiration for the saga, though, in the case of Gilroy, it was his lack of attachment that made him feel more free with his decisions.

However, this is a good indication that Solo is now on the right track, and major kudos to Kennedy, Lucasfilm/Disney, and all those involved, stepping in before the Falcon crashed and burned - undoubtedly knowing that it would result in a public relations nightmare, which it was.

Thank you, Mr. Gilroy, for transforming Rogue One into the masterpiece it is now; we are eternally grateful for your efforts.

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