Stunt Coordinator Simon Crane to Help With The Rogue One Re-Shoots

Simon Crane

Stunt Coordinator Simon Crane, will join screenwriter Tony Gilroy in helping work on the Rogue One re-shoots, which are expected to start very soon and end before Celebration Europe (July 15-17). Read on for the details…


Yesterday in a very thorough article Entertainment Weekly set the record straight about the upcoming Rogue One re-shoots and their importance for the movie. They also revealed that screenwriter Tony Gilroy, was brought aboard to write some additional material to enhance the story.


Now TheHollywoodReporter has the name of yet another collaborator who will join the crew. Simon Crane is a veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director who is no stranger to big movie projects. Since 1985 Crane worked on movies like Aliens, Willow, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, Total Recall, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Cliffhanger, Goldeneye, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, The Mummy, World War Z, Edge of Tomorrow and many, many more.


Veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director Simon Crane has been tapped to assist with the lengthy reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The involvement of Crane, who has crafted the action sequences of movies such as World War Z, and the Tom Cruise sci-fi action movie Edge of Tomorrow, also indicates that Rogue One’s action is being worked on as well.

In addition, THR has confirmed that Tony Gilroy, a screenwriter whose credits range from asteroid blockbuster Armageddon to three Jason Bourne movies and the Oscar-nominated Michael Clayton, is working on the new pages for the script. Gilroy, like Crane, has a relationship with producer Frank Marshall, husband of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Sources say Gilroy, who also directed a trio of movies including Bourne Legacy, also will be involved in helming the reshoots, which will take place at Pinewood Studios outside London. The length of the reshoots has not been revealed; some sources have pegged the shoot as lasting up to six weeks.


You can definitely tell from the latest reports that Lucasfilm and Disney are doing their best to deliver something special. I believe the reports that the movie is good, but they want to make it even better.


Good luck to the all the cast and crew involved with the re-shoots. We can’t wait to see what Gareth Edwards and company have in store for us at Star Wars Celebration Europe.


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98 thoughts on “Stunt Coordinator Simon Crane to Help With The Rogue One Re-Shoots

  • June 4, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Interesting how this “common, regular reshoots” are employing more and more help everyday…

    • June 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Beginning to sound more & more like damage control to me. But let’s hope not. Am sure it’s for the betterment of the film and to still be in line with the start wars overall feel.

  • June 4, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    This THR report seems like them trying to double down on some of the claims they made earlier in the week (length of the shoot, lightening of tone, etc), many of which the EW report already claimed as false.

    • June 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      EW has proved reliable in the past.

      • June 4, 2016 at 8:09 pm

        Trust me, if I’m siding with anyone it’s EW.

    • June 6, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      One of those reports is by Graeme McMillan. Not so longn ago he was a comics news “journalist” that wrote for the Clickbait publication Newsarama. The whole Comics News internet, including Bleeding Cool-ComicsBookResources-ComicsBeat-TheMarySue, is a cancerous entity unto itself.

  • June 4, 2016 at 7:37 pm


  • June 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    These stories are getting silly. They’re all conflicting each other. It almost feels like supposed “insiders” are trying to out do each other.

    • June 6, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      I agree.

      “Chris McQuarrie is doing reshoots, but it’s okay!”

      “These reshoots are going to ruin the film!”

      “Someone else is helming the reshoots”

      “Rogue One is adding a Jar-Jar cameo!”

    • June 6, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      Par for the course for Star Wars Rumors Internet. Welcome the wonderful world!

  • June 4, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I think it’s obvious now that Dennis Nedry is not coming back.

    • June 5, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Hold on to yer butts…

  • June 4, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    So its not just in the cockpit reshoots as reported earlier. I think I would rather they didn’t come out with these reports

  • June 4, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    So, basically 6 weeks until we see the trailer.

  • June 4, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    This leads credence to action sequences being redone. Look, I’m not too worried about it but when you bring in talented people to work on re-shoots you are not happy with the film. Re-shoots are normal yes, but bringing other writers, directors, crew members not involved with production prior to re shoots isn’t normal and screams of trying to salvage something out of a film they are disappointed with.

    • June 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      It’s sad that we will probably never know what they are changing and why because Disney standards are so bad (Force Awakens), something good can be bad for them and vice versa.

      • June 5, 2016 at 12:46 am

        I wouldn’t say Disney’s standards are bad, after one movie.

        • June 5, 2016 at 8:40 am

          Correction regarding #9, all main movies music will be done by John Williams…unless it’s an spin-off, and if he dies, find a new replacement!

      • June 5, 2016 at 1:06 am

        I disagree that their standards are necessarily bad. I enjoyed Force Awakens, problems and all, as did a lot of Star Wars fans. I recognize that wasn’t your experience but it is in the minority. This is still a Star Wars film, so eventually(we may have to wait a long time), we will get truth or some verifiable version of it that makes sense as to what actually happened.

        • June 5, 2016 at 4:13 am

          I want to know what standards he has for the future star Wars films….. I can try and guess here we go.

          1) All future Star Wars films have to be at the same level if not better than the first three Star Wars films. That includes story, acting, effects, music, production quality, critical and audience/fan reception, finally massive box office earnings to show that Star Wars is a force to be reckoned with.

          2) They all should be similar to in tone to the first three Star Wars films, but they should also be different enough to where they aren’t too similar, the prequels were too different and a lot of fans didn’t like them. They can’t be too dark like BvS, but they can’t be too light/funny like some of the Marvel films. They should be more mature than most of the previous Star Wars films, the more mature the better.

          3) The story has to be unique and fresh, original, something we haven’t seen before in any Star Wars film. If it’s too different though then that’s not what Star Wars is about.

          4) The new characters introduced have to all be likable, cool, or hated, but there is no in between. They have to be believable as if they could do everything like in real life but set in the Star Wars universe, no overly powerful characters, no super weak characters.
          The legacy characters have to have a lot of screen time and have a proper use in the story, no cameos. All legacy force users have to be uber powerful and be badasses. All non force legacy characters also have to be treated with respect and be baddasses.

          6) The ships have to always look cool, and seem deadly, practical, or believable.

          7) There has to at least be three separate planets in each movie. No using older planets because that’s unoriginal unless they absolutely have to. Any new planet we see has to be super original and can’t even resemble anything we’ve seen before. No lava planets, no forest planets, no ice planets, no desert planets, no city planets, no water planets.

          8) There should be some politics but not as much as in the prequels.

          9) The music has to be John Williams or gtfo!

          10) No touching more on the origins of any of the most popular Star Wars characters. They are sacred and therefore to desecrate them would be heresy.

          These are just some of the general checklist points that I’ve compiled from Star Wars fans, am I missing any?

          • June 5, 2016 at 6:02 am

            This is amazing!!! Totally hit the nail on the head!!!

          • June 5, 2016 at 3:26 pm


            11) It has to be divisive enough so that legions of angry nerds can argue on the internet ad infinitum.

          • June 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm

            that doesn’t even make sense, the OT is universally loved. Get your stuff together.

          • June 5, 2016 at 10:16 pm

            Did I suggest it wasn’t? Clearly you don’t understand my post. *facepalm*

          • June 6, 2016 at 4:35 am


          • June 7, 2016 at 9:04 pm

            That is, when they’re not heading to repeat viewings of these films they claim to hate.

          • June 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm

            I’m sorry to disappoint but John Williams likely won’t score any Star Wars movies except the episodes.

          • June 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

            I’m aware of that, I’m just making fun of the fans who can’t accept that John Williams won’t be around forever, and that if anybody else does the music, then in their eyes it’s not truly a Star Wars film and therefore it’s ruined.

            There was actually a guy who posted somewhere, it might have been on this site, that he wouldn’t be watching TFA, because John Williams wasn’t going to be using the London Symphony Orchestra and that he could actually tell the difference between the LSO’s timbre on their snare and tom drums and the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra’s drums. Keep in mind this was months before it came out and we hadn’t heard any new Star Wars music at all.

            Needless to say, I’m sure he came around and probably got over his disdain that Williams was using LASO after all. He probably went on to complain about how John Williams has lost his touch and needs to be replaced. If there’s anything to learn about people, it’s that you can never win with them all.

          • June 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm

            I call bulls$&% on anyone who bothers to visit and comment on these forums who claims they won’t be seeing any new Star Wars movie. Nobody believes that, anyway.

          • June 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm

            1) No , it’s stupid, no SW fans actually believes a sequel can be as good as the OT. They only want a decent original story, but in this age of mediocrity I guess it’s already way too much.
            2)Well, I agree with this point although I haven’t watched BvS, dark is good to me but I can accept lighter moment as long as it’s not Poe Dameron wisecracking in the face of the main antagonist at their first meeting, when he just exterminated an entire village!
            3)That’s pretty good although we can’t ask demand unrealistic challenges, it can have seen we’ve seen before, but not a copy of A New Hope shot for shot!
            4) You’re describing TFA characters, exactly what has to be avoided
            5)you forgot 5
            6)Yes that makes sense
            7) Yeah, not everything has to take place on Naboo, Tatooine or Coruscent, for the rest, anything is possible
            9) If it was up to me, they don’t even need new music, the old OT score can do.
            10)They should have either had cameos or be the successful characters from ROTJ, not beaten up losers that need to leave room for the new nobody girl.

          • June 7, 2016 at 8:58 am

            You’re proving my point, perfectly.

          • June 7, 2016 at 9:07 pm

            “You’re proving my point, perfectly.”

            He has a tendency to do that.

          • June 7, 2016 at 9:01 am

            Ohhh with no 1) I’ve seen plenty of people who are always saying that the future movies need to be as good or better than the originals. I don’t personally agree with that, I mean it would be nice, but I don’t see that ever happening realistically.

            Anybody who expects any of the future Star Wars films to be overall better than the original trilogy are delusional.

            They can try their best and I think the sequel trilogy will eventually be seen as being superior to the prequels but not as good as the originals.

      • June 5, 2016 at 1:10 am

        LFL is running things, not Disney.

        • June 5, 2016 at 1:13 am

          There is some input from Disney executives. That much is clear, but yeah Lucasfilm, a now division of Disney, is overseeing everything. They still have someone to answer too. Its not fully autonomous.

          • June 5, 2016 at 1:17 am

            There is input, yes.

          • June 5, 2016 at 1:20 am

            We just don’t know significance of it. I think its they say jump and Lucasfilm responds with how high. I believe they say jump only when* they feel the absolute necessity to do so. It kind of feels like they said jump here. Still, I’m not too worried about it.

          • June 5, 2016 at 4:57 am

            I don’t think it’s that at all. It’s not that with Marvel and after TFA, LFL has earned some leeway. EVERYTHING I have read about this indicates they are largely left alone. Kathleen Kennedy is a trusted name in Hollywood.

          • June 5, 2016 at 9:57 am

            Under my surmise they would be largely left alone, but it would be naive to believe they are left fully autonomous to do as they please and they get no input on the hundreds of millions they are spending. Especially with Disney relying heavily on box office films these days as a major point of revenue and growth. They don’t have their hands in the nitty gritty of making these films, that’s left to Kennedy and company but I am sure if they are concerned they voice it and Kennedy and company listen.

          • June 6, 2016 at 12:02 am

            Yes, of course, but when people say “Disney is running things” or some such, it’s contrary to all things we have seen reported.

          • June 5, 2016 at 1:17 am

            Unfortunately, Lucasfilm is directed by Kathleen Kennedy, the face of evil. I don’t know what kind of sorcery she used againt George Lucas to obtain the position, but the old man made a grave mistake. This woman destroyed Star Wars.

          • June 5, 2016 at 1:18 am

            Yeah, I disagree with that. I liked Force Awakens. I also enjoyed Lucas’ prequels, problems and all. As a fan I would have liked Lucas to have input on his creation but he sold it and let it go so I’m ok with them going their own way. But, then again, I enjoyed what they did.

          • June 5, 2016 at 1:30 am

            Go away, troll…

          • June 5, 2016 at 3:56 am

            Are you joking? No, she didn’t.

            George destroyed Star Wars, and was done with it so he gave it to the person he felt could handle it the best which happened to be Kathleen Kennedy.

            Is there somebody else you have in mind who should be president of Lucasfilm besides Lucas or Kathleen?

          • June 5, 2016 at 3:24 pm

            Michael Bay!!

          • June 5, 2016 at 6:58 pm

            Even the greatests make grave mistakes but I believe this nasty woman tricked him, she’s a rattlesnake.

          • June 7, 2016 at 8:40 am

            What made you come to this conclusion about Kathleen Kennedy? Do you actually know anything about her, or are you just passing judgement because you can?

          • June 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm

            “Destroyed SW”?

            Whatever your personal opinion is of TFA (I have issues with it myself) one thing you can’t accuse KK of so far is destroying the brand when yo consider how financially successful TFA was.

            I can only assume you’re a Lucas purist…but Lucas wasn’t going in the right direction either with stuff like Star Wars Detours.

          • June 5, 2016 at 6:56 pm

            TFA is a financial success solely because it’s called Star Wars and it actively advertised the presence of Luke, Leia and Solo to hype up nostalgia. It’s only after having watched the movie that you realize it was false advertisment.
            If Disney could have made this money with a JJ Abrams generic dumbed down sci-fi movie, why did they pay $4 billion to buy the SW brand? These guys must be stupid, or that movie wouldn’t have made its budget back if it wasn’t for George Lucas.
            And I’m even not a Lucas purist, I didn’t like the prequels, and I didn’t except any SW sequels to be remotely as good as the originals. Nevertheless I have standards, and even by my lowest standards this movie was just horrible. It’s bad in every possible department, it’s like they did the worse they could. I blame KK for this, she picked her pet to make this although he was already known for ruining the Star Trek movies, and she added a rabid feminist agenda to the movies.

          • June 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm

            You have problems with women in authority. Thanks for clarifying that!

            I almost thought you had legitimate complaints. That was close.

          • June 5, 2016 at 10:41 pm

            I never talked about women I’m talking about Kathleen Kennedy but you want to make her the representative of females with power. I pointed JJ Abrams just as much as her but you insist on making it a gender issue.

          • June 7, 2016 at 5:38 pm

            “I never talked about women…”

            Sure you did. Several times.

          • June 7, 2016 at 9:26 pm

            He mentioned one particular woman, who happens to be the face of Lucasfilm. Sweet gig if the simple fact of your gender means any criticism of your professional life automatically gets dismissed as ‘misogynist’ by default.

          • June 7, 2016 at 9:29 pm

            Wrong. Dig deeper. His disdain for females in Star Wars extends beyond his “criticism” of Kennedy.

          • June 6, 2016 at 3:22 am


          • June 5, 2016 at 10:18 pm

            Yes, JJ did screw up Trek, but TFA worse than movies like Attack of the Clones? Really?

          • June 5, 2016 at 10:42 pm

            As bad as AOTC is, it’s still a Star Wars movie. TFA doesn’t look, doesn’t sound doesn’t feel like Star Wars. It’s a generic dull sci-fi movie that only JJ Abrams has the secret.

          • June 6, 2016 at 3:32 am

            Oh please. I’m the first person to recognise the derivative, unimaginative “play it safe” quality of TFA, but it far more resembles the OT than the the prequels did, and the acting is vastly superior to the likes of TPM and ATOC. To suggest otherwise is just plain nonsense. Sorry.

          • June 6, 2016 at 8:15 am

            In my opinion the lack of resemblance the PT had to the OT was what made them great. It was refreshing, new and still felt like it was part of the GFFA we all know and love. I enjoyed TFA a lot..but was it my favorite star wars movie? me it was a film that was trying too hard to recapture the magic of the OT by simply recycling the same concepts but with a new generation of heroes. The more I watch TFA the more I see just how “safe” they played. Nevertheless still an enjoyable film, just keeps me hoping for a breath of fresh air for the future episodes. They’ve established their new characters, now it’s time for original ideas.

          • June 7, 2016 at 1:45 pm

            I agree with the latter half of your post. I don’t agree with the first half. For me the lack of resemblance was jarring (no pun intended), especially before Episode III came out. It really took me out of the movies.

            That said, the PT is part of the Saga now and I really thought that Abrams and Disney really missed a trick in not throwing in some hints and references to the PT to try and establish come connective tissue. Instead it goes in the opposite direction and I think the problem with that is that it just makes the PT feel even more out of place and orphaned.

          • June 7, 2016 at 2:38 pm

            Yes..that is another issue I had with TFA. The lack of PT references is just sad. I know many people don’t like them, but they have to give little treats here and there for those that do.

          • June 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm

            “TFA is a financial success solely because it’s called Star Wars and it actively advertised the presence of Luke, Leia and Solo to hype up nostalgia.”

            You’re never going to get anyone to take anything you say seriously (not that many do, from the looks of it) if this is the kind of silly thing you’re going to continue to say. You have absolutely not way to substantiate something like this. People liked The Force Awakens; a lot of them. And if you’re going to stand there and claim that they only reason they did was because it was called “Star Wars” then you’re fooling yourself.

          • June 6, 2016 at 5:42 am

            What an insane thing to say.

          • June 7, 2016 at 2:29 am

            Yeah. Evil, talentless ol’ Kathleen Kennedy. By the way, here’s a bit of her resume:

            Raiders of the Lost Ark
            Temple of Doom
            Color Purple
            Back to the Future
            Empire of the Sun
            Who Framed Roger Rabbit
            Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
            Schindler’s List
            Jurassic Park

            Her fingerprints are all over some of the best movies of the last few decades. And you have no idea what you’re talking about.

          • June 7, 2016 at 2:54 am

            Haha very funny, so you’re attributing these movies to KK? What is he contribution? Do you think Spielberg and Lucas needed this witch to make their movies? All her career consisted of riding on the back of Spielberg and Lucas. And the first time she was on her own, look at the disaster.

          • June 7, 2016 at 2:58 am

            Her involvement with these films ranges from associate and executive to full producer. If you don’t think these are contributive jobs, then you don’t know the first thing about film making. You really need to do your homework.

            Good Christ. There are some pretty basic people here, but you might take the cake.

          • June 7, 2016 at 3:28 am

            Yeah, even the best directors need someone to bring the coffee, do the phone calls ,paper work etc…

          • June 7, 2016 at 3:35 am

            Nope. You’re wrong. And you know it.

          • June 5, 2016 at 3:51 am

            If you mean input from Disney execs by being two people….. Alan Horn and Bob Iger then yeah.

            Those are the only two people who have even seen any of the more completed film outside of Lucasfilm. I’m sure all they do is give their input to whoever is presenting the updates on the film in meetings.

            They are the bosses bosses boss. So, they definitely are in the know of how far along development is (schedule), cost, and quality of the production. I just think it’s funny how people think of Disney executives (as these mysterious group of people in suits who are calling the shots) when in reality it is pretty much just these two guys.



          • June 5, 2016 at 9:50 am

            Yes I’m aware reports suggest its only those two. Executives is just an easier way to refer to them, besides we don’t know exactly how they actually handle Lucasfilm or what their overall input actually is. Its all just speculation, mine included.

        • June 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

          I think it’s naive to assume Disney has no input.

          • June 6, 2016 at 12:01 am

            I think it’s naive to assume they have tons when NOTHING we have seen indicates they do.

          • June 6, 2016 at 3:29 am

            Nobody said “tons”, and if you don’t think the top of a major multi-billion corporation has any influence on what’s below it, then you must have zero understanding of the real world. Tell me, are you still underage by chance?

          • June 6, 2016 at 5:37 am

            Plenty of people who don’t know a damn bit about how companies work have said Disney is running things. That is 100% not true. When people talk about the ones behind the scenes of these films, they ALWAYS say “Disney”, not LFL. Which is wrong and dumb and lacks understanding of how the real world works.

            LFL takes input, yes, but Disney would not have let them run the company autonomously if they thought they needed to micromanage them.

            Since you clearly lack basic reading comprehension (since at NO point have I ever denied Disney has zero input), I think we are finished here. If you ever get around to literacy, please look me up.

          • June 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm

            You’re not going to find a whole lot of level-minded folks here. Logic is lost on them and more than a few of them are sticking to their own narratives without a lick of evidence and in the face of some pretty blatant facts. A lot of them debate with assumptions, unsubstantiated claims, and this foolish and childish notion that opinion is fact. I don’t know why. Embarrassment? Stubbornness to the point of lunacy? Ignorance? Who knows?

            But you’ll find the same repeated voices echoing the same nonsensical complaints and digging their heels in when all else fails. Honestly, I don’t know why a lot of them are here. Most of them claim (I’ll stress “claim” here) to have hated TFA and much of the current Star Wars fare. But they’re here every single day repeatedly posting about it. I’ve asked several folks about this, but no one’s answered. I wonder why? In essence, they’re helping to perpetuate the brand they claim to despise. There are plenty of things I don’t like: country music, basketball, cheap beer – but you’re not going to find me spending my time crying about them on Internet forums. I didn’t much care for the Prequels, and why my dislike of them does come up in discussion from time to time, I’m not going out of my way to bother those that do with constant bellyaching and crying.

            So. I guess I end up questioning how much some of these folks actually didn’t like some of these movies. I’d venture to guess that many of them actually did, but have sort of built up what they consider to be an Internet identity of sorts centered on contrary thoughts and debate. But that’s silly too as it’s remarkably transparent.

          • June 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm

            Yes, you are probably right. It’s “performative”. It’s juvenile. Their logic and facts are non-existent. I won’t waste my time.

        • June 6, 2016 at 3:21 am

          Just watch Rebels and tell me Disney had no input.

          • June 6, 2016 at 5:37 am

            That is not an argument of any merit.

          • June 7, 2016 at 8:45 am

            Once again, that’s all done by Dave Filoni and his crew at Lucasfilm. I believe all Disney cares about is making sure that their 4 billion investment makes a return, and by the looks of things they’ve already gotten at least 2 billion just off TFA alone.

            So whether or not “Disney,” and that is referring to Bob Iger and Alan Horn, is controlling everything that Lucasfilm is putting out. Or whether or not, they have this secret checklist of things they have to have in all of their future material I’m pretty sure is just fanciful talk for “I’m making shit up to help prove a point that is purely unfounded.”

          • June 7, 2016 at 9:01 pm

            “I’m making shit up to help prove a point that is purely unfounded.”

            That’s pretty much the go-to for most of the folks here.

  • June 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I guess that I am really not that concerned with these re-shoots. While I have my hopes for what Rogue One is like, I would tend to trust the people who are in charge? Is that too trusting? I loved TFA. I do know that almost all films have re-shoots.

  • June 4, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Ok, this is my take. This is pure speculation, and here it is. After watching the trailer again, I feel Gareth Edwards turned in a solid film with the story/screenplay they had. They certainly have the acting talent- what a cast! If I recall, was Rogue One caught up in story conflict before shooting? Anyway it looks stunning with Greig Fraser’s photography. I forgot how the Death Star was actually a “character” in the OT, not just a base for the Empire. Usually after editing starts and story/scenes come together, if they don’t logically fit or they need more substance and or new scenes need to be written or reshot (not just a pick-up) it’s extremely normal start filming again. Disney has the funds to do this. Now let’s look at who they brought in to round out the team. Simon Crane has to be one of the best stunt coordinators in the business- Braveheart! Saving Private Ryan!, not to mention all of his time spent around talented directors and movie execs. Tony Gilroy to write and direct these reshoots- Damn! his whole resume is drama, suspense, thrillers, and action dramas. So, I see an upside to all this. Also, GE is attending Celebration Europe, so I feel he gave his 110% on this film and Disney is bringing in the best to round out all the hard work that’s already gone into the film. I’m sure the Han Solo standalone has something like this built in also when it goes into principal photography. Again, this is speculation, but I feel this is a positive and not a negative.

    • June 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      What concerns me is why so many people are automatically expecting disaster when there has been an announcement that there has been *insert circumstance here* happen.

  • June 5, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I’m with people on here who aren’t too worried. Movie re-shoots happen all of the time. Jaws, Superman II and Apocalypse Now all needed re-shoots. It’s just not that big a deal.

    • June 5, 2016 at 1:10 am

      I’m not too worried either, but bringing in a new writer/director and crew for the re-shoots does signify the possibility of serious issues and isn’t necessarily normal re-shoots that happen. So I believe there is some cause for people to develop some trepidation about what the finished project will be. But, yeah, no need to be excessively pessimistic about it.

      • June 5, 2016 at 8:24 am

        Second unit director. I don’t believe there’s been any hint that Edwards is getting sidelined. Has there?

        • June 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

          No there hasn’t, but they obviously want a talented assist from someone else. Otherwise why bring him in?

          • June 5, 2016 at 10:08 pm

            I think it’s also fair to say that in today’s day and age,
            we are much more aware of the goings on in movie making than we were in say, the seventies or eighties. Our hyper-vigilance of the situation and ability to be so intimately tied in, is more of a curse than a blessing and as I’ve stated before, I’m sure this is a lot more common than we all care to think.

            Furthermore, it wouldn’t surprise me if our hyperawareness serves as an utter annoyance to people in the industry, who just want us to leave them alone and allow them to do their jobs.

            And finally, having said all this, I understand the concern about something that so many hold so close their hearts.

    • June 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Superman II but also Dawn Of Justice too. Let’s hope it’s more of the former than the latter.

    • June 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Not so sure Superman II is a good example, given what happened with Donner.

      • June 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm

        But even given that rocky situation, Superman and Superman II turned out really well. I do see what you are saying, though.

  • June 5, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I think the re-shoots indicate a big problem. This isn’t just some “oh, we forgot a scene”, or something to enhance the mood. This is a major chunk of the movie that is going to be re-done. And there is not much mention of the first-tier director.

    It seemed to me that there were problems as soon as the trailer came out. My kid is “NewGen”, has never seen more than bits and pieces of the OT and PT, but thoroughly enjoyed TFA. When she saw the trailer for Rouge One, she said of the female lead character “OMG, they tried to make her like Katniss!”. I cringed at the fact that a movie set in the Star Wars universe could be compared in any way to those vomit inducing wastes of celluloid. As for myself I have problems with the stereotypical Asian-in-martial-arts combat, as well as a 30km chunk of the Death Star being lowered into place at a sped that would be equivilentnt of an apprecialble fraction of the speed of light. Something is just off about this movie and I can’t put a finger on it, but I hope that it is fixable.

    And BTW, tone down the Darth Vader cameo. Between the PT, Rebels, Comics, and now possibly another movie, he is overexposed and losing all of the mystery that made him bad-a to begin with.

    • June 7, 2016 at 3:41 am

      I kind of agree with you about the Katniss thing. It did have familiar vibes to those movies but it didn’t bother me too much. As for the rest of the trailer, I thought it was really good looking.

      I do have to completely disagree with you in the Vader thing. We’ve never gotten a live action SW movie showing him really showing off his combat skills in an actual battle sequence where he’d have to deal with multiple adversaries at the same time; especially those that aren’t force sensitive. He’ll be a BIG selling point of the movie, I think.

  • June 6, 2016 at 3:51 am

    “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” -Phineas T. Barnum,

  • June 6, 2016 at 6:21 am

    More Donnie Yen action? Oh wait, he doesn’t need a stunt coordnater

  • June 6, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Adding a new (A-list) director to a project to “helm reshoots” is hollywood speak for replacing a director without wanting the bad PR of firing him. I’m appalled at the amount of leeway all the media outlets are giving Disney on this. This has all the marks of a film in trouble that is being massively redrawn at the 11th hour. This is a film in trouble that is trying to be saved (or worse, a good film being destroyed by studio meddling).

    • June 6, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      So how much worse could be than Fantastic Four which is the low bar? Critics will always skew Star Wars films and fans have a different view on things, casuals have their viewpoints and so on. By the way, a certain Simon Kinberg was 2nd Unit Director on that film. And creative consultant on the Force Awakens, go figure!

      • June 7, 2016 at 1:13 am

        I’m not sure what you’re trying to say. Critics loved TFA, Kinberg was a producer and 2nd Unit director on FF, which was a disaster. Tony Gilroy is a great film director. He’s being brought in because they don’t feel Edwards’ work is up to par. That is not a good sign. How bad will it be? No idea.

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