Screw all the actual movies coming out in 2017, I’m most excited for the Rogue One Blu-Ray release.
Why? Because that behind the scenes documentary is going to be absolutely fascinating.
We got vague reports throughout all of 2016 as to how much of a mess Rogue One was throughout filming. There were heavy reshoots of the kind that kills story flow in a Fant4stic or a Suicide Squad.
We heard rumors that director Gareth Edwards had been banned from the editing room, and Michael Giacchino ended up getting just five weeks to create the entire score for a movie that needed to sit comfortably on the shelf next to John Williams’ original classic composition.
And yet, in spite of all this chaos, Rogue One actually turned out okay. Better than okay, depending on who you speak to. By all rights, this should have been an absolute trainwreck. Even Lucasfilm thought so, as the studio were hedging their bets about further anthology movies even until the day before Rogue One premiered.
Now, we’ve been given even more new information about just how nuts things were on set, with legendary Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn revealing that our outsider understanding of the filming of this movie didn’t even begin to cover just how unfocused and lacking in direction this whole project was:
“We did have multiple, multiple ways of going at any given scenario, we had multiple readings of it. So should they ever decided to, there would be a wealth of ways of approaching these different things. And I know from having seen sort of the crucial kind of scenes throughout it, I know there’s vastly different readings of at least four of those scenes.”
Apparently, there were so many different versions that Mendelsohn didn’t even know which approach to a scene would appear in the movie until it premiered:
“And there were a couple of times I was like, “Oh wow! He went with that. That one, yeah. Ok, I get it.” Because there were some scenes that I had seen as we were constructing and thinking about doing it this way or that way, and I had seen various scenes where we would come in and done something. And I’d seen the scene and it was cut this particular way and so we did the ADR, and then when I saw it the other day I was like, “Oh wow! That all –Yeah now it goes like this.” So there is a bunch.”
This is absolutely nuts.
Apparently, filming Rogue One involved the directorial equivalent of throwing darts at a wall for three hours, then trying to concoct a cohesive narrative around it.
The resulting movie should not have worked. It should have been a garbled, ill-fitting, acontinuitous mess that makes audiences feel physically ill as they try to keep track of what’s going on.
So, yeah. Let’s all look forward to the behind-the-scenes Making Rogue One documentary that we need to see.
Because, as it turns out, this movie might just be the best happy cinematic accident since, well, the original Star Wars.
There’s something wonderfully poetic about that.