There are a few great mysteries in life... When did Bruce Willis and John Cusack become the President and Vice President of direct to Netflix movies? How come they never made a sequel to Waterworld? And what the hell was up with those Rogue One reshoots? As it turns out, we can finally answer that last one. The answer is that the reshoots were always planned and the internet overreacted as usual.
Rogue One editors Colin Goudie and John Gilroy recently chatted with Yahoo! Movies UK, and they revealed that the reshoots the film underwent this past spring and summer were always planned because the studio wanted to ensure that the film had a consistency of tone more than anything else. According to Gilroy, two of the biggest beneficiaries of the reshoots were Cassian and Bodhi...
"The story was reconceptualised to some degree, there were scenes that were added at the beginning and fleshed out. We wanted to make more of the other characters, like Cassian’s character [Cassian Andor, the Rebel spy played by Diego Luna], and Bodhi’s character [Bodhi Rook, the defected Imperial pilot played by Riz Ahmed]." He adds, "The scene with Cassian’s introduction with the spy, Bodhi traipsing through Jedha on his way to see Saw, these are things that were added. Also Jyn [Jyn Erso, the reluctant leader of the film, played by Felicity Jones], how we set her up and her escape from the transporter, that was all done to set up the story better."
Later in the interview, Gilroy comments on how much the third act changed due to reshoots, saying, "It changed quite a bit. The third act has a lot going on. You have like seven different action venues, the mechanics of the act changed quite a bit in terms of the characters, and I don’t want to go into too much detail about what had been there before, but it was different. We moved some of the things that our heroes did, they were different in the original then they were as it was conceived."
One last tidbit involves the lack of transitional wipes in the film, though according to Goudie, they were there for a while. "I think we used all those original wipes and we temped [a temporary soundtrack] it with John Williams as well, and it would feel right. Like when we did the original story reels, I was using footage from other movies, so having those wipes and having the John Williams score helped with making the hodge podge of shots I’d put together feel like what we were aiming for. Once we actually got in everything we’d shot, we no longer needed those things and I was initially sad to see the transitions go, but then when I watch the final film, I don’t miss them, because it feels like a different beast. It feels familiar but at the same time fresh."
The full interview includes a lot of other great info about the film, like how they took unused footage of Angus MacInnes' Red Leader from A New Hope and what deleted scenes they wish had stayed in the film. Read the full thing by clicking here