Sensing a brewing crisis, Disney and Lucasfilm are bolstering their efforts to calm the turbulent tides of unrest by calling in the heavy cavalry for the recent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story script changes and reshoots.
With just six months left until its scheduled release, news broke last week of minor reshoots required to lighten the mood and provide better character clarity after screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie's (The Usual Suspects) last draft. One round of simple reshoots erupted into rumors of a full 40% reshoot schedule caused by McQuarrie's supposed 11th-hour rewrite that would require a Herculean effort to achieve if deadlines are to be met. Those initial rumors proved partially false as McQuarrie hotly denied any involvement in the revamping crisis or any close supervision of director Gareth Edwards and Disney downplayed the entire event as predicted.
According to the report in Entertainment Weekly, the latest field general to rally the troops is actually Tony Gilroy, the main writer behind the Jason Bourne franchise. A veteran screenwriter and director, he's also a go-to resource and personal friend of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who has called upon his "Winston Wolfe-like" talents more than once regarding Star Wars projects in the past, so he's familiar with the sensitive nature of the property and unique material. This trusted consultant's credits include co-authorship of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, and he also directed The Bourne Legacy.
In addition to his Bourne pedigree, he was recruited to assist with script doctoring on the Rogue One director's previous film, Godzilla. Gilroy's mission on Rogue One is to offer detailed notes on the film's first cut once the picture is locked and possibly provide newly written material.
However this all eventually turns out and whatever the true lengths of the reshoots are, this is a confident step in the right direction that can only be a positive development for the studio, creators and fans.
Are you betting that Gilroy and Edwards will pull it off and deliver a crowd-pleasing Star Wars prequel when Christmastime comes?