Earlier today it was announced via a New York Post article that the highly anticipated sequel/prequel/spinoff film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was rumored to be getting reshoots. The rumor had it that these reshoots were expensive, and that the Disney higher ups weren’t very happy.
New light has been shed since then, confirming that, yes, Rogue One would be getting reshoots. Deadline reported that the only screening involved those top execs, as opposed to the notion that there were any test screenings. Apparently these reshoots are set to “lighten the mood,” and “bring some levity into the story,” because it’s currently “tonally off with what a classic Star Wars movie should feel like,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In fact, reports are stating that the first showing was a solid one, but it simply didn’t gel with the rest of the Saga. Deadline went on to report that this won’t affect the film’s December release date.
A Variety writer tweeted “most of the shoot will involve a cameo of a very important character.” Considering that the film is supposed to end 10 minutes prior to A New Hope, that cameo seems pretty likely to be very important.
But let’s take a step back. MOST big films get reshoots. We’re far better off with films that get reshoots than mediocre films that rest on their laurels before arriving in theaters. Reshoots are meant to make films better, and rarely do they ever do otherwise. Unless that film is Fantastic Four, because I can’t imagine something worse than that.
If anything we should be happy that a cut of the film was able to be shown so early. Director Gareth Edwards appears to be way ahead of the game. And from everything we’ve heard, this seems far from the disaster the media made it out to be.