More shake-ups behind the scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Aug 3, 2016

There have already been some rewrites and reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and now there are apparently a few more shake-ups behind the scenes of Disney’s first spinoff film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, uncredited writer Tony Gilroy has been “empowered to take the lead” on post-production for the film, though director Gareth Edwards is still involved in production. Gilroy is a veteran filmmaker, having directed The Bourne Legacy and Michael Clayton. He also wrote several of the Bourne films. He was a “driving force” in the recent five weeks of reshoots and is “supervising” the edit (though Edwards is still providing input). 

Gilroy’s crack at the film is apparently designed to address “several” lingering issues the studio wanted to tackle, most importantly the film’s ending, which is meant to set up the start of 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. Needless to say, that’s no small task.

Though Gilroy has been given a lot of control over how the film ends up, the work with Edwards is apparently “collaborative,” since the duo worked together on Godzilla. Gilroy also has a tangential Lucasfilm connection, having worked with Kathleen Kennedy’s legendary husband Frank Marshall on the Bourne films.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens Dec. 16.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)