We’re hearing that all may not be well at Disney with the newest Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star wars Story, apparently in ‘crisis’.
PageSix are reporting that the studio is simply not happy with director Gareth Edwards’ movie and have ordered costly reshoots over the summer before it hits on december 16th: “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,” they report.
“Gareth’s work on the first ‘Godzilla’ shows he can handle a big studio blockbuster. But ‘Rogue One’ has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with ‘Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.’ So Disney has ordered reshoots.”
Now, it must be stated that the site itself has a good track record with news from the Star Wars movies, having reported that Alden Ehrenreich had nabbed the Han Solo role before anyone else.
So this may be something to worry about.
The site goes on to say their source said: “Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.
“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.”
The fact that reshoots are taking place isn’t really something to worry about as they are part and parcel of modern film-making, but if the reports are true, then it sounds like the studio want to take more control over what director Gareth Edwards has been doing.
Is it possible the movie is too dark? With a story revolving around resistance fighters trying to steal the Death Star plans before the emperor can hold the galaxy at ransom and the reports we’re hearing of a blood thirsty Darth Vader, we’re pondering that perhaps Edwards’ movie needs more of the ‘family’ put back in.
But we’re only guessing.
We’ll keep you all posted as we hear more.