Report: Rogue One Reshoots Changed the Movie's Ending

Thursday, 01 December 2016 - 11:12AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Thursday, 01 December 2016 - 11:12AM
Report: Rogue One Reshoots Changed the Movie's Ending
It looks like those reshoots might have been more extensive than we thought. Rumors are flying about Rogue One's elaborate post-production once again, and according to the latest, there were significant rewrites involved in the reshoots, including a change to the film's ending.

According to a report in THR, screenwriter Tony Gilroy was brought in to oversee the rewrites and reshoots for Rogue One, which apparently were more involved than anyone expected. His salary reportedly increased from $200,000 per week - a fairly normal number for a writer on a big blockbuster - to $5 million. The information we have about his expanded role is limited, but it seems like he was almost taking on the role of co-director by the end:
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Gilroy started on Rogue One in June, and by August, he was taking a leading role with Edwards in postproduction, which lasted well into the fall. The reshoots are said to have tackled several issues in the film, including the ending.
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This definitely sounds like, contrary to the claims of Lucasfilm and the cast, these weren't just standard reshoots that happen for every big blockbuster. However, that still doesn't mean that Rogue One is in trouble. If they spent millions to fix the ending, then it's very possible that the ending very much needed fixing, but that they had the time and resources to course-correct. Plenty of movies have had trouble in production and turned out just fine, so we'll have to judge Rogue One based on the finished product.

Rogue One hits theaters on December 16.
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