Rogue One reportedly reshooting 40 percent of film, McQuarrie fires back on rumors

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Jun 3, 2016, 12:06 PM EDT

A new rumor about all those extensive Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has emerged, revealing that a good chunk of the movie will have to be reshot. However, one of the parties involved has came out to debunk part of the story.

According to a report at Making Star Wars -- who's reached out to several sources in the wake of the news breaking a few days back -- they hear from a few crew members who jokingly said that “everything” was being reshot. Now, before everyone has a heart attack, the site makes it clear it was said in jest and they’re not reshooting “everything.” But it looks like those reshoots will be rather extensive.

Here’s what the site first reported:

Some crew initially heard J.J. Abrams was supervising the reshoots.

Gareth Edwards is doing the reshoots himself but with a partner, Christopher McQuarrie.

Christopher McQuarrie, the final writer on Rogue One will be working extensively with Edwards onset to make sure they’re on the “same page” with the most recent draft of the film.

Christopher McQuarrie’s draft of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was considered superior to the film they shot previously.

It was not Edwards’ fault as McQuarrie’s draft wasn’t completed when much of the film was shot and revisions kept coming in that made the film feel uneven.

32 sets have been recreated for the reshoot.

The crew expects they are reshooting 40% of the film.

They are working 6 days a week for 8 weeks.

While some parts of the story may end up being true (nothing's official, you guys), Christopher McQuarrie took to Twitter to set the record straight concerning the rumors he was supervising Gareth Edwards for the reshoots, vehemently calling bullsh*t denying his involvement. Here’s what McQuarrie told /Film when the site reached out to him:

“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.”

As for said reshoots, they’ve always been part of the plan (it’s not unheard of for a movie to undergo reshoots after the first cut is shown to execs) and since the movie isn’t set to open until December, they’ve got plenty of time to make all the changes needed to make Rogue One great. Here's what Disney had to say about filming additional material for the upcoming Star Wars movie:

“The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting. Coming off ‘The Force Awakens,’ there’s an incredibly high bar for this movie and we have a responsibility to the franchise and to the fans to deliver the best possible movie we can.”

There you have it. What do you guys think?

(via Making Star Wars, /Film)