It seems like the Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars spinoff film about the mission to steal the Death Star plans is in trouble. Page Six apparently have a prime Star Wars insider who 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. 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. Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.”
Ignoring for now the views of those wierd folk like me who didn’t think that Abrams actually achieved much with The Force Awakens at all, this ALL seems a little odd as there’s been great buzz about this movie so far and that trailer certainly got us all excited. Some are speculating that the film is too dark and serious and that Disney want to lighten it up similar to what’s happening with Suicide Squad.
Disney themselves have cannily replied:
“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”
Make of that what you will. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens, hopefully, on December 16.