Tony Gilroy opens up about Star Wars Rogue One reshoots, reveals production was "in terrible trouble"
Writer Tony Gilroy has opened up about his role in reworking Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the terrible state the production was in when he arrived.
Gilroy was brought on board during the Star Wars spin-off's production as second unit director to assist director Gareth Edwards as well as providing extensive script adjustments. It was a gig that earned him over $5 million dollars by its end.
Speaking on podcast The Moment With Brian Koppelman, Gilroy opened up about how he was able to help the Rogue One filmmakers and his effect on the story.
He said: "If you look at Rogue, all the difficulty with Rogue, all the confusion of it … and all the mess, and in the end when you get in there, it's actually very, very simple to solve. Because you sort of go, 'This is a movie where, folks, just look. Everyone is going to die.' So it's a movie about sacrifice."
He continued: "I've never been interested in Star Wars, ever. So I had no reverence for it whatsoever. I was unafraid about that. And they were in such a swamp, they were in so much terrible, terrible trouble that all you could do was improve their position."
The movie starred The Theory Of Everything's Felicity Jones, The Last King Of Scotland's Forest Whitaker, Milk's Diego Luna, Casino Royale star Mads Mikkelsen, Dragon's Donnie Yen, The Sun Also Rises' Jiang Wen, Firefly's Alan Tudyk and Exodus: Gods And Kings' Ben Mendelsohn and has been directed by Godzilla director Edwards.
The story is set in between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope and is thought to follow a band of rebel fighters who come together to steal the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor's rule.