“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” looks to be in trouble! Sources over as Page Six report that the upcoming film has been mandated for reshoots in the coming months. “Rogue One” is set between Episode 3, of the prequel trilogy, and the classic Episode 4. So far, its been praised for featuring a radically different narrative than what we have been witness to in the films. Instead of Jedi vs Sith, “Rogue One” is a less fantastic but equally daunting tale of how the Rebels stole the schematics to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star. It was thought that out of the box director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) would be a perfect fit. He has been known to work well when editorial interference is at a minimum. Instead, studio execs have required reshoots through July after test screenings were met with a less than stellar reception.
While some unnamed sources claim that the cast new reshoots were always a possibility, this is never a good sign. The Hollywood Reporter has also confirmed audience screenings haven’t begun yet, and that the reshoots were ordered by executives who screened the current cut. They would like the production to lighten the tone and that it didn’t have a big enough sense of adventure. The the current cut is described a “war film” and “tonally off” the classic Star Wars series. THR’s source further explained: “This takes place just before A New Hope and leads up to the 10 minutes before that classic film begins. You have to match the tone!”
Which is true, to a degree. That being said, It saddens me to know that a defining element the upcoming film may lost to consistency. “Rogue One’s” biggest selling point for me is the promise of a new approach to the vast galaxy of narratives that Star Wars offers us. Making something new like this conform to what we already know could be a big mistake. Here’s to that vision not being compromised!
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is currently scheduled for theaters December 16.
Source: Page Six