Wednesday 1 June 2016

Disney demands Rogue One reshoots to lighten mood

Disney has ordered a month's worth of additional filming for director Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to add levity to a tonally dark war movie this summer.

Purportedly the film isn't testing well with execs and the studio wants to capitalise on the success of JJ Abrams' The Force Awakens. It's worth noting JJ Abrams film also underwent reshoots weeks from release.

Reshoots are not necessarily indicative of a film's failure and it can be to its benefit as seen in the success of Jaws, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Avengers.

Personally, I'd welcome a different tone for the standalone Star Wars movies. Give creatives a chance to mix things up in the sandpit so long as they're not swallowed whole by the studio system Sarlacc.

Edwards, best known for Monsters and Godzilla, will direct the reshoots over the summer and appear at Star Wars Celebration with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released in December 2016. Felicity Jones leads the Rebellion's death-defying raid to steal the Empire's Death Star plans and incurs the wrath of Darth Vader.

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