Tony Gilroy has finally broken his silence on the Rogue One reshoots. Much was made of the significant reshoots that Lucasfilm had to do on director Gareth Edwards' contribution to the Star Wars universe. Ultimately, the movie turned out, by most accounts, to be a worthy addition to a galaxy far, far away, with many considering it to be the best of the Disney era Star Wars movies so far. Gilroy was brought in late in the game to overhaul the movie, but he's been tight-lipped about his involvement. Until now.
Gareth Edwards made a splash with 2014's Godzilla, which earned him the gig directing the first Star Wars story. However, there were story problems and the movie was said to be a mess and major reshoots were ordered. Lucasfilm brought in Tony Gilroy, a respected and accomplished filmmaker, to help oversee the reshoots. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Gilroy revealed that he didn't have much interest in Star Wars, which actually helped him, while also saying that the movie was in serious trouble before he stepped in. Here's what he had to say.
"I've never been interested in Star Wars, ever. So I had no reverence for it whatsoever. I was unafraid about that. And they were in such a swamp ... they were in so much terrible, terrible trouble that all you could do was improve their position."
We may never know for sure, but it's been said somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 percent of the movie was reshot. That's why so many shots from the trailers didn't end up in the final cut of Rogue One. Tony Gilroy says, "I came in after the director's cut. I have a screenplay credit in the arbitration that was easily won." While he's credited as a screenwriter, it's largely believed that he actually directed the reshoots and, given his confident statement, that doesn't seem hard to buy. Speaking about how he approached fixing the mess he supposedly walked into, Gilroy says it was quite simple.
"If you look at Rogue, all the difficulty with Rogue, all the confusion of it, and all the smart people and all the mess, and in the end when you get in there, it's actually very, very simple to solve. Because you sort of go, this is a movie where, 'Folks, just look. Everyone is going to die.' So it's a movie about sacrifice."
Rarely does anyone who worked on a Star Wars movie get this candid in this way. Sure, Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill have been open about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but this is a bit different. That movie was divisive, but the production was smooth. For Lucasfilm, whatever drama occurred doesn't matter that much in the end. Rogue One grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and was largely embraced by both fans and critics. Still, this makes the first ever Star Wars standalone all the more interesting in hindsight. Maybe this is why Gareth Edwards hasn't lined up another major directing job yet? This news comes to us courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.