The first spin-off film of the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One, should be nearing the final stages of production considering it will be released at the end of this year. However, executives at Disney are not currently happy with the film and are in a panic, resulting in the addition of four weeks of re-shoots this summer. Those in charge at Disney are not impressed with director Gareth Edwards’ first cut of Rogue One and are demanding changes must be made this July with re-shoots to alter several aspects of the film that were deemed unworthy.
Edwards recently announced he will not work on any more large films in the future, such as Godzilla 2 or any other Star Wars spin-offs, so he can focus on smaller-budget films. Early test screenings have not yielded positive results, according to a source with Disney, which may be due to Edwards’ directing. In past films, Edwards preferred to have minimal studio influence, but Disney executives stated they will no longer take the back seat with this film and will begin to demand changes. The Disney movie insider was quoted, saying:
“Gareth’s work on the first ‘Godzilla’ [which came out in 2014] 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.”
The greatly successful Star Wars film The Force Awakens excelled in terms of both reception by fans and critics as well as in the box office, making any Star Wars movie following it held to much higher standards. Along with this, fans are expecting great things from this film due to the appearances of iconic characters, such as Darth Vader and a rumored Han Solo cameo. Large-budget films, such as Fantastic Four, have had a history of having creative differences among the large studios and small-budget directors, creating problems that can be seen in the end result of the film. Hopefully, this will not be the case for Rogue One and a movie worthy of joining the Star Wars franchise will be made.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will premiere in theaters December 16th of this year.