A new report is coming out of the LucasFilm camp that director Gareth Edwards' spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in serious 'crisis mode'. Apparently, Disney is panicked after poor test screenings. Now, extensive and very expensive reshoots are demanded, and will take place throughout the summer. No one from Disney nor Lucasfilm have confirmed these rumors at this time.
The initial report comes from Page Six, who claim that Disney's top brass are not satisfied with the first cut of Rogue One recently turned in by Gareth Edwards. The movie is arriving on December 16, with Disney already releasing the first teaser trailer. Here's what one unidentified Hollywood insider had to say about the so-called doomed production.
"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."
Fans were happy with the teaser trailer that dropped in early April. The movie stars an impressive ensemble line-up that is lead by Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna. The first ever big screen spinoff of the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One's the story takes place between the events seen in Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. A group of Rebel fighters embark on a daring missing to infiltrate the Emperial Army and steal the plans to the dreaded Death Star before it can become a fully activated killing machine.
It is expected that Rogue One is much darker than previous Star Wars movies. The latest report backs up claims that Darth Vader is a central character, which was confirmed by a leaked book containing photos of the villain. It is also once again stated that the movie will introduce the younger version of Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich, but that has never been confirmed by anyone associated with the movie, with the actor coming on after the movie wrapped. It is possible that the character could be part of these reshoots.
It was announced recently that direct Gareth Edwards had stepped away from directing the upcoming Warner Bros. and Legendary sequel Godzilla 2. He will instead focus on 'smaller films'. The unnamed insider says this.
"Gareth's work on the first 'Godzilla' [which came out in 2014] 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."
It is being reported that Edwards likes to keep studio interference to a minimum, but Disney is refusing to take a back seat on this precious property. The studio is demanding these reshoots because the movie hasn't been 'testing well'. Reps for Edwards refused to comment.
It is noted that Disney usually sets aside time for reshoots and additional shooting, along with time for extra second unit work needed to make the film the best it can be. The actors are aware of any additional shooting well in advance. But coming off of the home run that was The Force Awakens, Disney now has the bar set very high. And they have a 'responsibility to the franchise' and fans to deliver the 'best possible movie' the studio can.