A Refreshed Franchise
In case you weren’t already aware, Star Wars is back, and it is back in a big way. Whether it be the $900 million in domestic box office, the rave reviews, or the five academy award nominations, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a massive success. Directors Rian Johnson (Looper) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) will continue the main saga with episodes VIII and IX coming out in 2017 and 2019, respectively. Outside of the main storyline, the proposed Star Wars spin-offs (“Star Wars Stories” as they are called, formerly Star Wars Anthology films) will kick off this year with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), Rogue One will tell the story of the rebel outfit that stole the plans to the Death Star, setting the stage for 1977’s A New Hope. With an all star cast (Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkleson, many others) and a pretty incredible trailer already released, all signs are pointing towards this one being a winner. Unfortunately, new reports have surfaced leading some to worry about the direction of the film.
Trouble For ‘Rogue One?’
Page Six is breaking the news that Rogue One is going back in for four weeks of reshoots. While these reshoots have yet to be formally confirmed, the possibility of reshoots isn’t all that surprising for a film of this magnitude. Reshoots are standard fare in today’s filmmaking landscape. Whether it be to fix problems at hand or add elements that are seen to be missing, reshoots are not immediately a bad thing. The report (along with some other insight from Birth. Movies. Death.) goes into more details though, giving us the potential bad news. A Disney source told Page Six,“Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.”
As fans, we have a choice in how we react to these reports. There is the possibility that the spin-off is not being made to its fullest potential, executives are worried, and we should be too. There is also the possibility that this is just standard reshoots that most blockbusters go through. Knowing that this type of news can derail anticipation levels, an additional Disney source added the following:
“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.”
What say you? Do these reports worry you? Are you still just as hyped for Rogue One? Let us know in the comments below! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16, 2016.