The news out of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” gets more interesting by the day.
Disney executives reportedly ordered reshoots to give the movie more of a “classic” “Star Wars” feel after seeing a cut they didn’t fully like.
Now the usually reliable Making Star Wars is reporting that the overhaul is even bigger than expected. According to members of the crew the site talked to, 32 sets are being created and they are expecting to reshoot 40% of the film over eight weeks, double the number originally reported.
Eight weeks for reshoots is substantial. So, if true, there might be more going on than just throwing in more old-school “Star Wars” vibes and filming a cameo of young Han Solo.
Yet one part of Making Star Wars’ post has already been debunked.
According to the post, Christopher McQuarrie, screenwriter of “Rogue One” and director of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” is partnering with “Rogue” director Gareth Edwards on the reshoots. But McQuarrie told Slashfilm that is false:
“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.”
The post also states that “The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams is supervising the reshoots. Business Insider reached out to Abrams’ reps but has not yet received a reply.
Regardless, with a larger-scaled reshoot that could take eight weeks, there’s still a lot of heavy lifting to be done before audiences see it for themselves on December 16.
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.