May 31, 2016


Report: 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Isn't the Movie Disney Was Looking For

Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.
Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.

If you're in the market for a gossipy piece of Star Wars news this morning, you Sith Lord, you, here we go. Rogue One, the franchise's debut non-trilogy movie and its first to not feature Jedi front and center, is reportedly in trouble.

“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," the New York Post's Page Six reports, citing—yup—"sources."

An anonymous Disney comment makes it sound kinda standard:

“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.”

If Rogue One actually is in crisis, it could certainly come from the pressure not only to follow up Episode VII, which—ahem—awakened the series after a 10-year slumber and became the third-biggest movie of all time with more than $2 billion at the box office, not to mention the fleet of merchandise that arrived in tandem. To make the hardest left turn in the Star Wars universe since the first prequel has to be a high-stakes, nerve-wracking endeavor for everyone involves.

There's also the fact that Disney has recently loved drafting young directors with one or two hits under their belts, particularly for Star Wars and Marvel movies, and Rogue One is no exception. British director Gareth Edwards has made exactly two feature films so far, 2010's small-budget Monsters and 2014's huge-budget Godzilla reboot. That's just not enough work for Disney to have been clear exactly what they were getting, and there's a good chance they had something different in mind.

Then again, isn't the entire goal of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to give us something different?

Next, visit a galaxy far, far away (New York Comic Con 2015) to meet some impressive cosplayers: