Gareth Edwards finally opens up about Rogue One's massive reshoots

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May 5, 2017, 12:38 PM EDT (Updated)

It’s no secret Rogue One: A Star Wars Story went back for a fair bit of reshoots before finally barreling toward its release date later this month, and now director Gareth Edwards has finally opened up about how it all went down.

In a conversation with the Los Angeles Times, Edwards opened up about the production process and why it required so much additional shooting on the back end. Put simply, Edwards said they shot a good bit of footage in a more handheld style, which resulted in (literally) days of material. So in editing they had to figure out exactly how everything would fit together. Once they did that, they laid out exactly which new scenes would need to be added/reshot to make it all tie together.

Check out an excerpt from his comments here:

“What happened was that I’d say a third of the movie or more has this embedded documentary style to it, and as a result we shot hours and hours and days and days of material. Normally when you put a film together it goes together like A-B-C-D-E and you move on. Whereas we had so many permutations, so many different ways it could be constructed, it took longer in the edit to find the exact version.

We’d always planned to do a pickup shoot but we needed a lot of time to figure out all this material and get the best out of it. So that pushed the entire schedule in a big way. Then Disney saw the film and reacted really well and they said, ‘Whatever you need, we’re going to support you.’ Our visual-effects shot count went from 600 to nearly 1,700, so suddenly we could do absolutely anything we wanted. To design 1,000 visual effects shots should take a year, so it was all hands to the pump and we never came up for air really until about a week ago.”

Considering this project has been pitched as war movie-esque, Edwards’ comments certainly make a certain amount of sense. Early reaction to the footage that’s been shown to the press has been positive, and it at least sounds like Disney was behind the vision Edwards was making.

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

What do you make of Edwards’ story? Are you still worried about this one?

(Via Los Angeles Times)