The other month came the first teaser trailer for Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which got many “Star Wars” fans salivating. Not only does it promise a return to the era of the original trilogy, but also offers the first “Star Wars” feature finally set outside events surrounding the Skywalker family.
Well today comes word from Page Six that Disney has seen the first cut of the movie and are not happy with the results, going so far to label the film as ‘in crisis’. Part of the reason seems to be that the risk-taking Edwards has reportedly prefered to keep studio influence at a minimum, something the Mouse House is unhappy with according to their unnamed source. Here’s the key quotes from said source:
“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.
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.
Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.”
They also quote a source from within Disney itself who offered an explanation:
“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.”
Speculation as to what the studio is unhappy with is already running rife with the most common guess being that the film has a much darker tone than the Abrams film. ‘Rogue One’ is reportedly still set for a December 16th release.