A key name associated with the Rogue One production has come out and categorically denied any role in the reshoots.
Last night, screenwriter Christoper McQuarrie tweeted the following:
Previously, McQuarrie was reported to be involved in the controversial reshoots for Rogue One, supposedly after Disney execs were unhappy with the finished cut.
McQuarrie received support from Lucasfilm lorekeeper Pablo Hidalgo:
After retweeting Chris’ rant:
Dude seems to have a thing for unicorns:
Maybe Snoke = Unicorn?
Anyway earlier this morning, McQuarrie officially came out to say that he was not involved in any reshoots. Slashfilm reached out to McQuarrie and received this categorical denial:
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.
Two hours ago, McQuarrie then thanked Slashfilm on Twitter:
McQuarrie is a noted screenwriter famous for The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, and Edge of Tomorrow. He also directed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher. He was reportedly brought in to polish the Rogue One script in the last quarter of 2015, similar to how he saved Brad Pitt’s World War Z after it bogged down in reshoot limbo.
Does this mean the folks at Making Star Wars and other sites are wrong about the reshoot? Not necessarily. They may have gotten the detail about McQuarrie wrong, but the overall point remains: Rogue One is headed for reshoots, in a bid to make it lighter and “match the Star Wars tone”. Historically, Making Star Wars has been excellent, top-notch source of SW intel, and it’s still the best Bothan spy on the holonet.
So that’s that. While the Twitter rant was amusing, Stormtrooper Larry has to get back to work.