Rogue One Reshoots Resulted in New Ending, Writer Nabs Big Payday
There are always a slew of rumors swirling around any Star Wars movie, but back in May, one such rumor claimed that the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, was in "trouble," as the studio prepared for supposedly "extensive" reshoots. Stars such as Felicity Jones laughed off the rumors, reassuring fans the project wasn't in "trouble". It was revealed that Tony Gilroy, who wrote the original Jason Bourne trilogy, came aboard to rewrite the script during reshoots, while also serving as the second unit director. Today a new report has surfaced that claims the filmmaker will be handsomely paid for his efforts, to the tune of $5 million.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Tony Gilroy was first paid a sum of $200,000 a week to help write new dialogue and scenes for the Rogue One reshoots. That sum is said to be a "normal figure" for an in-demand writer working on a major studio tentpole film. However, his role on the project continued to expand, which lead to his paycheck ballooning to upwards of $5 million. Tony Gilroy started work on the reshoots in June, but his role expanded as the spin-off entered post-production.
A report from August revealed that the reshoots had wrapped, while Tony Gilroy's involvement was clarified. The initial report revealed that Tony Gilroy was supervising the edit, which was confirmed in this report, which also reveals that the reshoots tackled a number of different issues with the film, including giving the standalone adventure a new ending. It's worth noting that Tony Gilroy now has a shared screenplay credit on the film with Chris Weitz, with Gary Whitta and John Knoll receiving story credit.
This report comes just hours after it was revealed that Rogue One had wrapped post-production, news which came via ILM visual effects artist Todd Vaziri, who tweeted out a meme featuring Admiral Ackbar, with the text reading "It's a wrap," instead of his iconic line, "It's a trap" from Return of the Jedi. For those seeking even more new footage before the December 16 release date, Disney and People Magazine will be hosting an event that will stream live on Twitter Friday, December 2nd at 10 AM PT. The event will feature Director Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, and cast members including Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed.
Tony Gilroy is best known for bringing Jason Bourne to life on the big screen, writing the screenplay adaptations for The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. He also made his directing debut with the Best Picture nominee Michael Clayton, which he also wrote, and also wrote and directed the 2012 spin-off The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. He also wrote the upcoming action-thriller The Great Wall, which reunites him with Bourne star Matt Damon, and serves as a consulting producer on Netflix's House of Cards.
Box office analysts are predicting that Rogue One could earn upwards of $130 million on opening weekend next month. If Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it remains to be seen whether or not Disney and LucasFilm will ask this filmmaker to return for future Star Wars movies. With the studio reportedly planning on releasing one movie a year, indefinitely, there may certainly be more opportunities for Tony Gilroy to tell new Star Wars stories.