Word on the street is that the next installment in the Star Wars franchise is not going well. How bad is it? Disney–embarrassed by the rough cut of Rogue One–has demanded four weeks of re-shoots.
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This is never a good sign. Most films have an allotment of time built in for voice-over work and needed re-shoots. To schedule an additional four weeks–past the contracts for the cast and crew–is going to be expensive.
But The Mouse has deep pockets. So that’s the least of their worries. There’s more at stake here than money. Rogue One is the premier spinoff. While fans of the Star Wars universe wait patiently for the continuation of Fin and Rey’s stories, Disney was set to keep us in theaters with Rogue one–and a long list of other spin-off titles that will all be in jeopardy if this one tanks.
An anonymous source told Britain’s Page Six: ‘The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and Rogue One will have to go back into four weeks of expensive re-shoots in July.”
Who is to blame? Director Gareth Edwards, best known for the recent Godzilla remake. “Gareth’s work on the first Godzilla shows he can handle a big studio blockbuster,” says the source, “But Rogue One has fallen short of what JJ Abrams did with Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. So Disney has ordered re-shoots.”
That’s going to be a mark to meet. The Force Awakens was a smashing success. Still, the early draft of the film, according to this news, isn’t testing well.
So how much work will have to be done before the December 16th release date? No one knows, yet. Who will be responsible for salvaging the sinking starship? That’s not been determined either. But it is work that must be done. Imagine delaying the film and the reaction fans would have to that.