If what our Bothan spies are telling us is correct, then it would appear that there has been a great disturbance in the Force, as Disney has reportedly ordered back Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the first anthology movie set in a galaxy far, far away – for further reshoots.
According to Page Six, having viewed the film, Disney exexutives are “not fully satisfied with the first cut from director Gareth Edwards,” with their source telling them, “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.” As such, reshoots are planned, which should take place over the summer.
So, should we be panicking? Not yet, is our conclusion. Reshoots happen all the time, especially on big-budget productions, it’s just unfortunate from Rogue One‘s perspective that it had to come out in this way. Remember, there was much reshuffling done early doors on The Force Awakens, ultimately resulting in the departure of original screenwriter Michael Arndt.
Speaking of The Force Awakens, Rogue One couldn’t have a tougher act to follow. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Disney wants to get everything absolutely perfect, with a Disney source saying as much in the same article: “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.”
So in other words, don’t panic. We’re sure it’ll all be fine.
Edwards is directing from a script penned by Chris Weitz, Gary Whitta and John Knoll, with the cast including the likes of Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Mads Mikkelsen and Genevieve O’Reilly.
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