It has been nearly a month since I’ve seen Rogue One, and I’m starting to get the urge to rewatch it already. I guess I can’t help but clamor for more Star Wars (congratulations Disney), and we know that there are different scenes from the film as seen in the trailer which I would love to see.
The amount of footage in the early trailer that didn’t make it into the final film is a bit surprising. When director Gareth Edwards was asked about it by Empire, he explained the reason why those shots were used in the Rogue One trailer.
“There was a bit of a process to refining [Rogue One’s] third act in terms of the specific shots and moments, and so certain things just fell away. But then what happens is marketing love those shots, and go, “oh, we’ve got to use that.” And you say, “well, it’s not in the movie”. And they say, “it’s okay, it’s what marketing does, we just use the best of whatever you’ve done”. And so there’s lots of little things, but towards the end you go, “I know that’s not in the film, but the spirit of it’s in the film.”‘
The reshoots for Rogue One have become pretty infamous, but in the end we got a very good film. It seems to me that the reshoots were part of a larger effort to make a less Star Wars-y film — which was the point of doing the Anthology (A Star Wars Story) films — but there is a question of how far can you get from the source material. Apparently there was a lot of experimentation, and there is even a cut of the movie with the wipes.
“We did have versions of the film [with] wipes, and then it just felt like we were doing it because we could. The wipes are the cheesiest thing in the world. The only time you can ever do it and not be cheesy’s in Star Wars. There’s part of me that wanted the wipes and things like that, but the film is supposed to be different. We were given a license by the studio to be unique from the others, and we just took that license and ran with it as an excuse to try and be a bit more out there.”
One of the major changes was the elimination of the opening crawl for Rogue One. I suspected from the time this film was announced that there would be no crawl, but apparently there was one written in an early draft.
“The first screenplay that Gary Whitta wrote had a crawl in it…and then at some point, probably like six months before we were filming, we were in a meeting, and they talked about not having an opening crawl, because these are standalone films, not part of the sagas. And if I’m honest, there was an initial kind of like, ‘whaaaa? I want the crawl!’ The opening sequence is kind of the crawl of our movie. It’s like the setup. And our film is also born out of a crawl – the reason we exist is because of a previous crawl, so it feels like this infinite loop that will never end.”
I know I’m in the minority here, but I am very glad there was no crawl although I am happy that “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” is still part of the film. That’s definitely something each Anthology film needs to start with.