Let’s not freak out over Rogue One just yet


A report emerged yesterday from Page Six claiming that Disney executives are worried about Rogue One, that that the movie is “in crisis,” and that they are thus having do – gasp! – reshoots.

Now, here’s a ‘scoop’ for you: Reshoots happen on all big effects movies these days, to the point where they are planned in advance. They are standard. It’s not an unusual move. Rogue One may indeed have some issues, but there’s plenty of time yet to refine it. So reshoots alone are not a reason to panic… And a report from Page Six alone is not going to make me worry.

In other news, the Queen is on the cover of June’s issue of Vanity Fair, meaning we’re not getting a Rogue One spread just yet. I’m beginning to suspect we won’t see it until the publicity machine really kicks in – probably the fall. And no, that’s not a reason to panic, either.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has weighed in – a source a bit more hefty than Page Six. Their source says director Gareth Edwards’ first cut was “a solid showing,” but “anything less than extraordinary won’t do.”

And here’s what they have to say about the aim of the reshoots:

The goal of the reshoots will be to lighten the mood, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure.

As we recently learned from Oscar Isaac, a similar thing happened with The Force Awakens, a similar thing happened with The Force Awakens reshoots, which brought in the film’s first bit of lightheartedness – the “who talks first” line.

9 Replies to “Let’s not freak out over Rogue One just yet”

  1. Of course Disney officials are worried about Rogue One — it’s a prototype… it’s a Star Wars movie that’s not one of the Episodes…. If it falls flat it means that they make insane money on Star Wars only every other year instead of every year.

  2. How weird is it that I read “the Queen” and assumed it was Natalie Portman?

  3. I’m going to guess that they’re doing re-shoots because Star Wars is being made by corporate executives now, and films are money making machines, not works of art that may not follow a very specific series of crowd pleasing moments and images :P

  4. Oh, come on, we have to freak out over something. (I wish someone had suggested extensive reshoots/reediting on the prequels…) Personally I’m saving my premature neurotic breakdown for the Han Solo movie.

  5. Eh. As you say reshoots are standard. It’s like finding out an author revised her manuscript.

  6. So is it now….why so serious? Must not bog down the fun with an actual story that might actually have texture and …tragedy? Of course political explanations are forbidden forever – This is Disney…corporate story telling. No potential of sturm and drang?

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