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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

'Rogue One' Facing Trouble at Disney?

With a stellar cast, intriguing premise, and the Star Wars name attached to it, Rogue One seemed like a sure thing even before the teaser trailer was released and met near-universal praise. Unfortunately, it now seems that things aren't going as well behind the scenes. Page Six is now reporting that Disney is unhappy with the first cut of the film and has ordered "four weeks of expensive reshoots" in July, explaining that the film has apparently "fallen short" of the cinematic heights of The Force Awakens
Reshoots are fairly common for a film of Rogue One's caliber, but they're rarely for such a long period of time. Furthermore, the fact that they're "expensive" suggests that the filmmakers are adding a significant amount of new footage, rather than just redoing some of the more minor scenes. 

The Hollywood Reporter has corroborated the original report, stating that reshoots will occur in mid-June, with the goal to "lighten the mood, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure." This added information is particularly worrisome, since it paints the current version of Rogue One as an unnecessarily dark, dreary bore, much like March's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Unlike the critically-despised superhero film, Rogue One can still be salvaged, but it's never good when the studio clashes with the director's vision of the film. 
Though it hasn't been confirmed, Disney's other motive for ordering reshoots could be that the first cut of the film didn't promise the huge box office success that they had anticipated. We can speculate that the reshoots will increase the much-rumored role of Darth Vader, whose presence is appealing to even casual moviegoers, and therefore could be seen as a boost to the box office for every scene he's in. 
No matter how displeased Disney truly is with Rogue One, it's not a good sign that rumors like these are already circulating, even if they turn out to be false. Of all the blockbusters coming out this fall – including Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Marvel's Doctor Strange, and video game adaption Assassin's Creed – the first Star Wars Anthology film seemed like the safest bet until now. 

What do you think of the Rogue One reshoots? What elements do you hope they'll add? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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