Star Wars' is having one hell of a comeback, between the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However, following the rumor reported by Page Six that Disney allegedly ordered reshoots for Rogue One after the film officially screened its first cut, it seems as if the filmmakers are making sure they take the time they need to ensure this movie is fantastic. But, should we be concerned? And will reshoots affect the Rogue One release date of December 16, 2016? Bustle has reached out to Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm for comment, but have yet received a response.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows the pre-Episode IV story of the rebels stealing the original plans for the Death Star. With actress Felicity Jones playing the film's protagonist, Jyn Erso, and Godzilla director, Gareth Edwards, on board, the film already wrapped filming and was in its final stages of editing leading up to its company-only first cut debut. Now, Page Six , is reporting through a alleged inside source that,
"The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and ‘Rogue One’ will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July... 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 reshoots. Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.”
So, if the rumors are true, some more work needs to be done despite the highly-received Rogue One trailer.
Before you have a Kylo Ren-level freak out, Page Six also reported that Disney has been expecting the possibility of reshoots all along.
“The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting," says an alleged Disney source. "Coming off The Force Awakens, there’s an incredibly high bar for this movie and we have a responsibility to the franchise and to the fans to deliver the best possible movie we can.”
If Disney was originally preparing for the possibility of reshoots, then it's probably safe to say that December 16, 2016 should be far away enough to avoid any chances of it having to be pushed back. However, if Edwards' work continues to allegedly fall below the bar that Abrams set and the release date does need to be changed, it's unlikely that it won't still be at some point in 2016. After all, there's another Star Wars movie coming out in 2017 — Star Wars: Episode VIII, which itself was pushed back from May to December — and, considering how The Force Awakens cleaned up at award shows, Disney will most likely want Rogue One to come out in time for those. If Rogue One wants its 2017 Oscar chances, December 31, 2016 is the latest release date the film can be pushed back to. Rest easy, fans.
Ultimately, there's nothing left for fans to do aside from wait as patiently as possible.
For now, I will keep my calendar marked off for December 16, 2016, and I can only hope that Disney's merge with Lucasfilm will continue to not disappoint. Any changes that are being made are just a sign of the extra effort, and careful detail, that's being put into the franchise. Rogue One, I will never stop being excited to watch you.