Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is going into crisis mode and pricey reshoots will be occurring over the summer, according to Page Six. The movie is debuting at year’s end, but Disney execs are not pleased with the first cut directed by Gareth Edwards.
“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.”
Historically Edwards has been a risk-taker when it comes to his directing and prefers little influence from the studios. In this case, it looks like the current cut displeased Disney execs and desire better results.
“Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.”
A Disney source made mention that it was to be expected considering that J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens movie has set the bar high. Even the actors were aware that reshoots would be possible.
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.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards, and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen (IP Man), Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen of Hannibal fame, Alan Tudyk (as a motion capture character), and Riz Ahmed.
The film is a prequel to the original 1977 Star Wars, dealing with rebel efforts to convey Death Star blueprints to Leia Organa. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz, and the film is due in theaters on December 16.