Forget about Suicide Squad for a minute. Get it out of your head. There's another big-ass movie still to come this year, and it's reportedly having its own share of behind-the-scenes shake-ups. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Star Wars standalone film following a group of Rebel spies intent on stealing plans for the Death Star, doesn't hit theaters until the end of the year. However, according to the Hollywood Reporter, all involved parties have already started working overtime to fix what kinda sounds like some straight-up drama.
Tony Gilroy, an uncredited writer on Rogue One and a name you may recognize from The Bourne Identity, has reportedly been enlisted to "take the lead on post-production" for the Star Wars spinoff. Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, at least according toTHR’s "insider," will remain involved in the editing process. But Gilroy isn't just "supervising" all the post-pro fun, he was also reportedly "heavily involved" in reshoots. To quote THR, that indeed qualifies as "drama."
Those reshoots, which reportedly took place over a 5-week period, are said to have addressed multiple issues, including the film's presumably crucial AF ending. Another source, however, argues that the spirit between Gilroy and Edwards is more collaborative in nature. "There are not two separate editing rooms; they are all in there with their ideas," one source toldTHR Wednesday. "Tony's a strong force, but they're all working together."
So what's really going on? Disney did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment, but Collider's Chris Cabin has a pretty solid theory on how to handle Rogue One's apparent production drama:
"For me, there is a simple solution to the rumors and general appearance of craven studio interference: Disney should commit to releasing the original Edwards cut on home video now."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters Dec. 16.