In an interview with the New York Post’s Popwrap Blog, “Lost” actor Dominic Monaghan confirmed that he’s scheduled to do another ten days of filming in Vancouver at the end of January.
Asked if it’s a reshoot or an additional scene, Monaghan says “We’re doing a bit of both, more than anything else, it’s an additional scene… my character features in a huge set piece with Hugh and Liev [Schreiber]. I think the best thing I can tell you is that it’s a flashback scene.”
Such extensive reshooting so close to the film’s May release date is surprising but not unheard of. The film has been plagued throughout its production by talk of difficulties, mostly distributor 20th Century Fox apparently interfering with director Gavin Hood’s dark 1970’s-like feature to make it more action-heavy and kid-friendly.
Director Richard Donner’s appearance on-set has stemmed talk that his ‘advisory capacity’ on the production was a little more than that, and more than a few sources who’ve read the script or been involved in the production have referred to the film’s last act as being “a mess”.
With the studio under immense pressure to perform this year, the reshoots could actually be a good thing. Collider got in touch with Fox about the talk and the studio replied that the reshoots were “always planned and are intended to capture specific weather conditions”.
The site also speculated that a proposed set visit of journos during the reshoots shows that Fox is trying to boost confidence in the property, though the reality there is much more practical – flying a group of American journos to Vancouver is a lot cheaper than flying them all out to Sydney.