We all know the tales of all the rewrites and reshoots of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Ultimately much of the Gareth Edwards led production was reshot by Tony Gilroy. Actor Ben Mendelsohn, who played the villainous Orson Krennic in the film, said in 2016 that the production’s unused footage could have been told a vastly different story. “There were enormous differences within, I would’ve said, 20 or 30 of the scenes,” he said. “There would be enormously different renderings.”
Even early trailers showed footage that was never in the final cut of the film, and that footage told a different story.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Tony Gilroy was asked about plans for an alternate cut of the film being released. His response was less than surprising…
Gilroy, coming off the massive critical acclaim of the first season of his Disney+ Rogue One prequel series Andor, gave us a definitive answer: “Uh, no. That was the absolute best possible version you could ever have. Oh my God. No. No.”
More detail, please?
“I’m not going to go into any more detail,” Gilroy tells The Hollywood Reporter (in an interview before the May 2 writers strike). “But the more authority that you hear people talk about online about what happened on that movie, the less they know. That’s all that needs to be said. Maybe someday … but no. That’s the absolute best version of that movie that you could possibly imagine in the time that was given.”— THR
Gilroy has finished writing the upcoming season of Star Wars: Andor, just in time to beat the WGA strike. The upcoming season is currently filming in the UK until August 2023. Disney+ is shooting for an August 2024 release date.