“What will you become?” That’s the question Star Wars junkies are asking themselves today about the next Star Wars movie. Per a Page Six report, Disney execs aren’t ecstatic about the first cut of Gareth Edwards’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. From Page Six:
“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.”
Why the bad feeling? Page Six’s source says “Rogue One has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. So Disney has ordered reshoots.”
The report doesn’t detail exactly what’s wrong with the first cut. We know Rogue One is going for a darker feel compared to other Star Wars movies.
Maybe Disney wants the movie to lighten things up a bit? Page Six’s Disney source doesn’t seem fazed.
“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. 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.”
Disney saying everything is fine? That’s to be expected.
So which is it? Is ‘Rogue One’ in trouble, or are these planned reshoots? Does it matter? If Rogue One needs reshoots, so be it. Disney isn’t about to let a Star Wars movie suck. Not happening.
And all of this is assuming the Page Six report is accurate. For what it’s worth, the same author of this report did break the news that Alden Ehrenreich is playing Han Solo.
The basics of the report are accurate. Reshoots are common in the biggest movies. Hell, even The Force Awakens went through major reshoots. Plus, Donnie Yen confirmed he would be doing “additional photography for Rogue One” in a recent interview. (Source: Oriental Daily via JayneStars).
Donnie Yen in Rogue One.
Rogue One will probably be Disney’s toughest Star Wars movies. J.J. Abrams and company hit a home run with The Force Awakens. It might not eclipse the original trilogy for some of us, but it sure as hell beats the prequels. Star Wars fans are now expecting home run after home run.
Page Six says there’s trouble in a galaxy far, far away. If there is, at least Disney is trying to fix it now. Me? I’m just going to watch that badass trailer again.