Rumours that the forthcoming Star Wars spinoff Rogue One has been subject to 'extensive reshoots' and is generally in trouble appear to have been exaggerated.
To stop fans going into total meltdown, Entertainment Weekly reached out to insiders at Lucasfilm to separate fact from fiction about what exactly was going on.
An anonymous source confirmed that:
"The film, which is about Rebels stealing the plans for the first Death Star just before the events of 1977's original Star Wars, is undergoing four to five weeks of reshoots, beginning this month and ending just days before the Star Wars Celebration fan event in London on 15 July."
They added that reshoots were planned before any of the filming had even begun as it is now "standard practice for large-scale films to filmmakers can tweak a movie after the first assembly cut.The changes have everything to do with clarity and character development and all take place [as inserts] within scenes we've already shot."
As for the timeline of the new release, the reshoots were bumped back to early summer rather than spring to give director Gareth Edwards and his creative team more time to analyse what needed changing.
Lucasfilm are still on schedule to complete filming in August and laughed off rumours that 40% of the film was being reshot, "People really would be panicking – and changing the release date" they commented.
They also answered questions regarding Christopher McQuarrie - writer of Oscar-winning script for The Usual Suspects and Mission: Impossible – and whether he had written a new script for the film. Although McQuarrie helped on an earlier draft, they said, his involvement stopped there.
Instead Lucasfilm confirmed that Tony Gilroy - producer on House Of Cards and writer of many of the Bourne series - was on board. Gilroy will write new dialogues for the reshoots and act as a second unit director to Edwards.
Sounds like fans can stop worrying about the galaxy far far away - for now at least.