Though the movie is well regarded by a lot of fans, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was very close to being a disaster. It’s been widely documented that Lucasfilm had hired Tony Gilroy to overtake some massive reshoots, and now Gilroy has opened up almost a year later.
Talking to The Moment with Brian Koppelman, Gilroy explains:
“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.”
The original ending of the movie was said to be a lot more convoluted, that’s why people who’ve seen the film will know that the trailer includes a lot of missing scenes. Lucasfilm was said to have paid Gilroy millions to help with the movie, and he’s considered the ghost director of Rogue One.
As for taking over, Gilroy says that he didn’t really care for Star Wars, that’s why he had no qualms about getting into the movie:
“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.”
As for making another Star Wars movie, Gilroy has confirmed that it really ‘doesn’t appeal to me,’ but looking at Rogue One, he says that he sees it more as a Battle of Britain movie.
If the movie really was a mess like Gilroy claimed, then Lucasfilm definitely did the right thing hiring him for the job. Rogue One ended up being a hit, and it gave Lucasfilm the confidence to move forward with more anthology movies.
The next anthology film is Solo: A Star Wars Story, and it’s set to come out May 25.