'Rogue One' Editors Reveal How The Reshoots Changed Everything
First off, the opening was changed, since originally the film was going to go straight from Jyn as a little girl on Ahch-To to her meeting with Mon Mothma and the Rebellion in their control room. Bodhi and Cassian also had scenes added:
The climactic battle over Scarif later in the movie also pushed them to their limits:
Even without reshoots, the editors themselves admit that the narrative gymnastics the movie pulled off to connect the ending of Rogue One to A New Hope ended up being especially difficult to pull off, since the movie transitions rapidly from [spoiler] the death of the main characters [spoiler] on Scarif to Vader trashing the Tantive IV to Leia, ending on a hopeful note. In fact, Colin compared the ending to a kind of puzzle:
It's kind of like a Rubik's Cube...You get closer and closer and closer, then suddenly on that penultimate move you mix the entire Rubik's Cube up and then you slot it all back in and then that's it. And I think that was how I felt that last hour went.
Hmm...where have we heard someone compare a Star Wars movie's convoluted logic to a bunch of jigsaw puzzles? Oh right, it was Harry Plinkett describing the plot of Attack of the Clones. Not a good sign. Compounding this problem of revising an entire film, doing reshoots, and resolving all the little ripples was the fact that no previews of the movie were shown, meaning that not even the editors saw the final product. All of this came together to create a rush to meet the deadline for the film, with John Gilroy describing the experience as "running at the movie very hard right up to the very end."
Rogue One certainly hasn't suffered from a lack of critical or financial success, which is encouraging for the next Star Wars anthology films, but these revelations show how difficult, rushed, and potentially disastrous things were behind the scenes.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now.