Report: Rogue One "In Crisis" After Disney Is Disappointed with First Cut
Is the first Star Wars anthology film in serious trouble? According to a new report, Disney is "not happy" with the first cut of Rogue One: A Star Wars story, and is ordering extensive reshoots to fix it.
The report comes from Page Six, and claims that multiple sources have confirmed that Disney was not satisfied with the first cut of the film from director Gareth Edwards, and that the movie is "in crisis" while expensive reshoots are planned.
"The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie," said one source, "and 'Rogue One' will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July."
This report hasn't been independently confirmed, so take it with a grain of salt, but if it is true, it's very worrisome indeed. The first trailer for Rogue One looked good, but not great, and if the quality is subpar, it could put other Star Wars spin-offs in jeopardy, like the Han Solo prequel film (although some fans would be pretty happy about that).
Page Six claimed that another source reported conflict between Edwards and the studio, and that the studio is demanding more creative control:
"Gareth [Edwards]'s work on the first 'Godzilla' shows he can handle a big studio blockbuster," said the source. "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. Disney won't take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn't testing well."
To be fair, The Force Awakens was so well-received, it set a very high standard for future movies. So a Disney representative claims that the reshoots don't indicate a problem, but portray them as another step in the creative process:
"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."
I'm sure this is an excuse to a certain extent, since reshoots are very expensive, and they probably wouldn't do them unless significant changes were needed. But still, the reshoots could easily make the movie as great as it needs to be, so we should continue to keep our fingers crossed.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16.