It’s hard not to hear the word “re-shoot” and then expect the worse. Especially when it comes to films that many Star Wars fans are looking forward to like Rogue One.
Yet the prequel film starring Felicity Jones suffered through a month’s worth of re-shoots in July, with media outlets like Page Six reporting that the franchise’s new owner, the Walt Disney Co., was not happy with what director Gareth Edwards put together.
“The much-anticipated Rogue One is due for release on Dec. 16, but we’re told bosses at Disney are not fully satisfied with the first cut from director Gareth Edwards.
One Hollywood source told us, “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.
“Gareth’s work on the first Godzilla shows he can handle a big studio blockbuster. But Rogue One has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, so Disney has ordered re-shoots.”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, however, told The Hollywood Reporter that all the hype surrounding the re-shoots really was much ado about nothing.
“I’m sure if you picked up the phone and called every single large, technical movie and said, ‘You ever gone in and done re-shoots?’ they’d all say, ‘Oh God, yes.’ So why has it turned into a big story? Because it’s Star Wars, and they put a spotlight and scrutinize every single thing that gets done.
But it was always planned and nothing unusual.”
Still, rumors persist that Disney regretted giving Edwards the free reign they did on the film, handing him the keys to the first Star Wars story outside the main storyline and feeling like he at least dented the fender.
Even Jones, who plays Jyn Erso in Rogue One, considered it business as usual.
“Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this.
“I’ve done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?”
Rogue One is still on track for a Dec. 16 release.
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