That’s the latest news regarding the status of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which has been making headlines all week after a report from Page Six claimed that Disney executives weren’t satisfied with the first cut of the spinoff film.
In the original report, sources told Page Six that Rogue One would need significant revisions after failing to connect with audiences in test screenings. Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter were quick to follow up on the story, confirming the need for reshoots, but debunking the existence of test screenings altogether.
Now, the Making Star Wars blog is weighing in with its own report.
Speaking with crew members on the film, Making Star Wars editor-in-chief Jason Ward found out that the crew expects to reshoot 40% of the film over the summer. They will work six days a week for eight weeks in order to complete the revised cut of the film that Disney asked for after seeing the first cut.
The crew also claims that Christopher McQuarrie, the final writer of the Rogue One script, will be on hand to help director Gareth Edwards during the reshoots. McQuarrie’s draft wasn’t completed when Edwards began shooting the film, but his version of the story is considered to be superior to what ended up on the screen.
Basically, Rogue One was always going to have reshoots, but for a multitude of reasons, those reshoots will be far more extensive than originally planned. Yikes.
UPDATE: Slashfilm reached out to McQuarrie about his supposed supervision over the reshoots, and he promptly denied being involved:
“If there are any reshoots on Rogue One, I’m not supervising them. For any outlet to say so is not only wrong, it’s irresponsible. Gareth Edwards is a talented filmmaker who deserves the benefit of the doubt. Making a film – let alone a Star Wars chapter – is hard enough without the internet trying to deliberately downgrade one’s years of hard work. Who does that even serve? Let him make his movie in peace.”