I'm extremely excited about Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Judging from what I've heard and seen from the film, it looks freakin' awesome! But apparently there are some issues behind-the-scenes, and according to a recent report from Page Six, Disney isn't happy with what they've seen. In fact, the report says that the film is "in crisis" and that sources tell them it "will have to go into expensive reshoots over the summer." They quote their source as saying:
“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.”
That would really suck if this actually turns out to be true, and it's very disheartening to hear. This isn't the kind of news you want to hear about a movie that you're excited about! It's normal for a film to have reshoots, especially for big movies like this. Even The Force Awakens went through reshoots. But the fact that it will be four weeks of "expensive" reshoots seems to be raising some eyebrows. I would think any kind of reshoots for a big budget film would be expensive. I'm not sure if four weeks is a normal length of time for reshoots, though.
We aren't getting the full story here, and I personally don't think this whole reshoot thing is as bad as they initial report makes it sound. At least, that's my hope! I'd hate for all of this stuff about Disney not being happy about the film to be true. Only time will tell. Another inside source told them:
“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.”
The film takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and tells the story of unlikely heroes who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The actors in this film include 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 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.