Another round of filming on the next Star Wars franchise entry, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is on its way this July after an initial cut was seen by studio executives, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – nor all that different from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Director Gareth Edwards and his cast and crew are readying for July reshoots as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story nears completion in advance of a Dec 16, 2016 premiere for the prequel to 1977’s franchise debut, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
The New York Post broke the news, after learning that executives at Lucasfilm owner Disney had seen an early version of the film and greenlit a four week reshoot starting in July.
Rogue One is not yet on the level of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it said, indicating that the film is “in crisis” and the studio “in a panic”.
Corroborating the story is The Hollywood Reporter: “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!” it was told, with reshoots aiming to provide a lighter mood and sense of fun.
But those sorts of reshoots are the new normal for tentpole productions like Rogue One (they happened on The Force Awakens, for example, observed Deadline) and were always part of the plan, THR noted, just as a Disney representative had told the Post.
That point of view is supported by Making Star Wars – “the cast and crew knew about July reshoots in advance” – viewing talk of panic and crisis as being “somewhat overblown to say the least.”
Instead, Disney and Lucasfilm “are just trying to find that perfect balance between edge and what we know Star Wars to be.”
MSW also understands that parts of Rogue One had undergone significant changes since production first commenced in August 2015, reminding readers that while it had heard about June and July reshoots well in advance, “books and merchandise (may have been) pushed back to the DVD release because of revisions happening to the script itself.”
With The Force Awakens accruing US$2bil (RM8bil) at the worldwide box office – it’s the third highest grossing film of all time (unadjusted for inflation) – Disney would be understandably keen for Rogue One to perform strongly. – AFP Relaxnews