Reshoots make everyone nervous. And thanks to the internet and the world of on-demand news reporting, reshoots have come to be known as a bad thing for a production. But that isn’t always the case. Sure, reshoots that involve a “directing consultant” coming in and changing large chunks of narrative can cripple a movie. But for the most part, a reshoot is simply a director going back to create one or two more pieces that will complete the puzzle as they see fit.
That said, the news that director Edgar Wright is headed back to Toronto for reshoots on his upcoming film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World should not come with an alarm for the devout fans of Brian Lee O’Malley’s original text. First of all, he’s only going back for 3 days. Most of that could be pick-up shots. And while Production Weekly is reporting that Wright is going back, there’s no telling whether or not principle cast will be involved. If so, I’m sure that news isn’t far off.
The only suspect element of this situation are reports from IESB last week about some dissatisfaction among the higher-ups at Universal about the project. Their initial report said that it might not be testing well. However, Universal went out of its way — via a rare statement from Michael Moses, co-president of marketing — to say that the reports were “hilariously absurd.” It makes sense, after all, for these to simply be rumors. Wright is a strong storyteller with a clear passion for his material. He also makes films that are commercially viable. Which is what makes him such a good fit for Scott Pilgrim, as its source does skew niche. It’s highly unlikely that Universal has forgotten that, and even less likely that they are ordering reshoots because they are unhappy with the film. So until we hear otherwise, we wouldn’t worry so much about Scott Pilgrim reshoots.
UPDATE: Speaking with the folks over at Collider this evening, Wright said that the reshoots were just pick-ups (as predicted by yours truly). “[W]e are not even redoing one full scene, nor any action,” he explained. “Just some bits and bobs and new jokes and beats that I wrote with [co-writer Michael] Bacall & [author Bryan Lee] O’Malley.” Sounds like standard stuff to me, and the fact that Wright just couldn’t resist putting a little bit of the forthcoming sixth comic volume (which O’Malley will release this summer) into the film. You can read the full response over at Collider.