Tony Gilroy

Who’s Helping on the Reshoots?

While rumors first pegged Christopher McQuarrie as being involved with the reshoots, the director himself debunked that rumor. However, it has been confirmed that McQuarrie did contribute to an earlier draft of the script. Instead, the new talent brought on board to give notes for the reshoots is Tony Gilroy.

Tony Gilroy has written the scripts for every single movie in Jason Bourne franchise with the exception of the new sequel coming this summer. However, he also directed the bland and forgettable The Bourne Legacy. Despite that latter shortcoming, the writer and director of Michael Clayton has close ties with producer Frank Marshall, who happens to be the husband of Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. Gilroy also reportedly did some uncredited work on the script last summer too, so bringing him back makes sense.

Gilroy has been offering notes since this past spring after the first cut was delivered and he will “write some additional material to enhance the story.” Plus, he’ll be working as second unit director of the film, which means he’ll be responsible for taking care of establishing shots, cutaways, inserts, and stunts.

Speaking of stunts, a new story from The Hollywood Reporter indicates that stunt coordinator and second unit director Simon Crane will be working on the Rogue One reshoots. And since Tony Gilroy is already taking a position as second unit director, it’s clear Crane will be utilizing his stunt work on the project.

Crane has worked on action sequences for recent films such as Edge of Tomorrow, World War Z and this summer’s Jason Bourne. Other films with his work include Aliens, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall and Saving Private Ryan.Aliens, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, the original Total Recall and Saving Private Ryan.

Does this mean that the action is being beefed up? Or maybe the talk of lightening the tone means making some of the action not so deadly serious? That’s something we can’t be sure of and may never really know. But hopefully all this work will result in a good first effort for the Star Wars spin-off.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives on December 16.

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