By: Dominic Jones
The internet has been blowing up today after reports emerged this morning that Disney Executives are unhappy with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, slated for released this December. Page Six reported that "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." They also reported that Disney was taking a more hands on approach with Rogue One. Deadline added that," there were no test screenings and rather a re-shoot decision was made after Disney suits and producers watched the initial cut of the highly anticipated film".
Obviously this report has lead to a great deal of concern from Star Wars fans and movie going audiences, who are still coming down from the high of The Force Awakens and hoping to recapture that magic this December (and every year for the foreseeable future). However, as the cover of The Hichthiker's Guide to the Galaxy would tell you, Don't Panic!
Reshoots happen on just about every movie made, and studios and filmmakers expect them. The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams said on a recent episode of The Nerdist Podcast, "Some of the most important moments are things that you have to sometimes get later". Abrams revealed that nearly ten minutes of The Force Awakens was actually shot at Bad Robot Studios in California after principle photography had wrapped at Pinewood Studios in London. He also explained that reshoots can be anything from rewritten scenes to smaller moments focused on the characters which can greatly enhance the final film.
All that to say, reshoots don't necessarily mean the film is bad or is going to flop. And even if the current cut of Rogue One isn't very good, there's still no need to panic. We're more than six months away from its release in theaters. That's plenty of time to fix whatever problems the film has. Remember, the first cut of A New Hope back in 1976 was described in the 2004 documentary Empire of Dreams as being an "unmitigated disaster" and George Lucas, his then wife Marcia, Richard Chew, and Paul Hirsch were able to fix it just through editing.
Again, there's no need to worry yet. Rogue One will probably still turn out to be a fun movie. Reshoots happen, it's part of the process and will hopefully result in a better film. Donnie Yen said recently that he's heading back to London soon to film some reshoots for Rogue One. MakingStarWars.net also reports that they heard some reshoots had already happened for the film last week.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th and is directed by Gareth Edwards. The film stars Felicity Jones, Forest Whittaker, Donnie Yen, and Diego Luna.
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