By: Dominic Jones
Not too long ago, rumors began to swirl about massive reshoots taking place for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. According to the rumors, not only would a large portion of the film be reshot but the reshoots would alter the tone of the new film from that of a war movie to one that better matches The Force Awakens. Though many of the reshoot rumors were debunked, no one associated with the production had publicly spoken about them, until now. As part of his Rogue One coverage this week (which also includes the confirmation that Darth Vader would be appearing, new pictures, and the reveal of a character from The Clone Wars being in the film), Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican spoke with director Gareth Edwards and Producer Kathleen Kennedy about the rumored reshoots.
"I mean 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 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."
Kennedy also addressed the tone of the Star Wars Stories (also known as Anthology films) saying,
"One of the things we’re doing with these Star Wars stories is embracing the uniqueness of the different genres, and we’re very deliberately leaning into the various styles of directors that we’re approaching so that each of these movies will very intentionally have a very different tone and style from the saga films."
Along the lines of making the films stylistically different, a question that has been raised about Rogue One and the other Star Wars Stories is whether we can expect classic Star Wars elements like the opening crawl. Kennedy was asked about this and her response was non-committal, saying,
"We talk about that all the time. It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what we’re doing. The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that."
It's been discusses at length how reshoots are simply a part of the film making process and are no cause for concern, however it's always nice to hear from the filmmakers about it. As for the crawl, personally I hope they choose to include it. I understand the desire to make the Star Wars Stories different from the saga films, however I think the crawl is one thing that should remain consistent across all the films.
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