‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Writer Describes ‘Messy’ Reshoots

“In the end when you get in there, it’s actually very, very simple to solve,” the writer said on “The Moment With Brian Koppelman” podcast

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DEAUVILLE, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 01: U.S director Tony Gilroy arrives for the premiere of the film 'The Bourne Legacy' during 38th Deauville American Film Festival on September 1, 2012 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

For the first time since reworking “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” screenwriter Tony Gilroy discussed the undertaking that went into overhauling the film.

On the latest episode of “The Moment With Brian Koppelman” podcast, Gilroy told Koppelman that “it was a mess” and explained how he solved the problems with the story.

“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,” said Gilroy. “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.”

According to the studio’s description, “Rogue One” the first of the “Star Wars” standalone films was an all-new epic adventure set just before the events in the original “Star Wars” movie, “A New Hope.” In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. Gilroy however, said that he isn’t a fan of the “Star Wars” saga.

“I’ve never been interested in ‘Star Wars,’ ever. So I had no reverence for it whatsoever. I was unafraid about that,” said Gilroy. “And they were in such a swamp … they were in so much terrible, terrible trouble that all you could do was improve their position.”

“It doesn’t appeal to me,” added Gilroy. “But I don’t think ‘Rogue’ really is a ‘Star Wars’ movie in many ways. To me, it’s a Battle of Britain movie.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital formats.