Rogue One is only a few weeks away, and with the movie reportedly finished, there should be little to nothing to worry about right? Well, besides the reshoots. Rumors surfaced this past spring that Gareth Edwards's #StarWars spin-off went through extensive additional photography. It seemed like nothing to worry about at first due to the fact that this phase is routine for most major blockbusters, scheduled long before production starts. The results of these have been proven to be beneficial — most of the time.
Suicide Squad went through a somewhat discouraging process, and by adding more humor and using a trailer company to edit their film, the finished product became a mess. The tone shifted significantly, and a lot of the humor did not hit as well as it should have, resulting in a disjointed interpretation of director David Ayer's vision. That leaves the question: Will this happen to #RogueOne?
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Earlier this morning The Hollywood Reporter spilled the beans on what really happened during Rogue One's reshoots. It turns out Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote the film, did much more work than originally thought. Before this, Gilroy was only perceived as one of the film's second unit directors, but the latest suggests that he was more like Edwards's right-hand man.
FYI: Who Is Tony Gilroy?
Tony Gilroy has been an established Hollywood asset for a long time now, working as both a director and a writer. His credits include the original Bourne trilogy, as well as the Jeremy Renner vehicle The Bourne Legacy. After writing for the first three installments, he stepped up to direct the spin-off himself, and though it gained lukewarm reception, he did stick the landing with a smaller film titled Michael Clayton.
Starring George Clooney, the film went on to be nominated for multiple Academy Awards, with Gilroy being lauded for both his screenplay and direction. He previously worked with Gareth Edwards during the post-production of 2014's Godzilla and collaborated with #TheForceAwakens director J.J. Abrams in the making of Michael Bay's Armageddon. After producing hits like Nightcrawler and House of Cards, his latest work is his screenplay for 2017's Matt Damon-led spectacle The Great Wall.
What Was His Involvement In 'Rogue One'?
Long story short: He did a whole lot. When he was brought on to assist with reshoots back in June, Gilroy's job was in a much smaller capacity than it is now. He initially was brought in to shoot a few dialogue, character-based moments and rewrite a few scenes, but that role expanded very fast. Being paid $200,000 per week, his paycheck ultimately amounted to $5,000,000, which is enormous compared to what stars like Ryan Reynolds are paid up-front for superhero films. Most directors in the industry do not get earn even close to that, which lead people to believe his involvement was crucial.
There Were A Lot Of Issues With The Film
According to The Hollywood Reporter there were many issues that needed to be resolved with additional photography. Rumors a while back cited that Lucasfilm was not too happy with Edwards's first few cuts, and those stories seem to be true. One could question whether Edwards is fit to handle a project this stressful and tiresome. The source further stated that one of its many issues concerned a very important part of the film — the ending.
Gilroy was brought in to rework the majority of Rogue One's concluding act, clearly confirming the fact that the ending never hit the right notes in the final shooting script. During post-production, which finished not long ago, Gilroy stuck by Edwards so that everything was set in the right place, but whether those issues will seep through to the final product is yet to be seen. Whether the tone was drastically changed or not, this situation leaves us to wonder: At the end of the day who should have the final say, the director or the studio?
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