Yesterday we learned that Lucasfilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was going to go through four weeks of expensive reshoots. There was also talk of the film being "in crisis." Reshoots are normal, though, and according to a recent report, Gareth Edwards' film is not "in crisis", but it's confirmed that the movie is going to go through some extensive reshoots to help fix a few things after it was screened to executives.
Thanks to THR and Deadline, we have some additional details on what exactly they are going to fix in these reshoots. THR reports that the studio execs felt that it "was tonally off with what a 'classic' Star Wars movie should feel like." The go on to say that the "goal of the reshoots will be to lighten the mood, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure."
As most of you already know, the story follows a team of rebels who go on a mission to steal the plans of the Death Star so that the rebels can destroy it. An inside source goes on to explain that “this is the closest thing to a prequel ever. This takes place just before A New Hope and leads up to the 10 minutes before that classic film begins. You have to match the tone!”
Sources tell THR that Edwards’ first cut was a solid showing, "but it didn’t measure up to the bar set in terms of four-quadrant appeal." The explain, “Anything less than extraordinary won’t do.” Sources with Deadline confirm all of this saying, "the first cut was lacking the edge that Force Awakens had, and the story needs to jell."
So as you can see, the tone of the film is incredibly important. There's also unconfirmed talk that some of these reshoots will include the new Han Solo behind played by Alden Ehrenreich.
I'm not worried about any of this. All of the stuff they are doing right now is to make the film better. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm so excited to see how this film turns out. Lucasfilm and Disney are expected to show off some new stuff from it at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, so we have that to look forward to!
The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. There have been a lot of interesting and cool rumored details leaking out for the film involving the story and characters. You can catch up on all of that stuff here.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16th, 2016.