A while back, it was said that reshoots were needed on Star Wars: Rogue One. The reasoning for the reshoots was fully explained, and thus the internet went wild with speculation as to why they were happening. So much so that it was believed that a second director had been brought on to “right the ship” and that over 50% of the film needed to be reshot.
Now, producer Kathleen Kennedy and director Gareth Edwards have talked to Entertainement Weekly and revealed the truth about the reshoots:
“I mean it was always part of the plan to do reshoots”, said Edwards. “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.”
A key thing they note is that none of the story is changing,
“There’s lots of little things that we have to get, but it’s all little things within the preexisting footage,” Edwards said.
“Obviously, you’ve got to work around everyone’s schedule, and everyone’s on different films all over the world, and so it’s a bit of a logistical nightmare. That’s why I think it’s been blown out of proportion a little bit.”
“There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography,” added Kennedy. “I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make.”
Finally, one of the rumors was that the story was “too dark” for Disney, Edwards notes that Rogue One will still be a dark film:
“I’d definitely describe it as: It’s got dark tone,” he said. “The studio has been very supportive of that. I mean, the sort of tone we were going for when we started was the tone you have in films like The Empire Strikes Back. And that’s not in any way been compromised.”
Rogue One arrives December 16th, 2016.