There’s a lot riding on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, perhaps not as much as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but since Disney is looking at a big, beautiful world of Star Wars movies beyond the main saga, Rogue One has got to set a tone. The rumor mill today though is not kind to that world as suggestion has leaked into the ether that there’s trouble in franchise paradise. Reports are saying that the first cut of Rogue One has not been received well by Disney execs, and that the movie will be going through extensive reshoots this summer to retool it in advance of its December release.
These revelations come from Page Six, who, on the surface, may not be the most reliable source of information like this, but they did correctly call the casting of Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo before anyone else. “One Hollywood source told us, ‘The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and Rogue One will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July,'” wrote Emily Smith. The insider added that “Rogue One has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. So Disney has ordered reshoots.”
“Reshoots” has become a dog whistle word for movie fans although they are fairly common, especially on big budget productions. Earlier this year, the internet was aflutter because reshoots were ordered for Suicide Squad almost immediately after the less than enthusiastic release of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Sources said that Warner Bros was trying to “lighten up” the movie to combat criticism of the DCEU franchise’s unrelenting darkness, but the studio itself said the reshoots were always planned and meant to punch up the action.
“The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting,” a Disney source told Page Six. “Coming off The Force Awakens, there’s an incredibly high bar for this movie and we have a responsibility to the franchise and to the fans to deliver the best possible movie we can.”
No kidding about that “high bar”, The Force Awakens made over $2 billion at the global box office. Still, what exactly is the problem with Rogue One that it requires reshoots? That seems to be the unanswered question in this, although Page Six makes a point of reiterating that Rogue One will be a darker film than previous Star Wars movies. Did Edwards go too dark? Was the action not up to snuff? Was the cast phoning it in? Who can say? But after one trailer, there’s an awful lot of interest and expectation for Rogue One, and Disney’s got a month and a half till Star Wars Celebration to right the ship, and come out strong to combat these rumors.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in theaters everywhere on December 16.
Source: Comic Book Movie