Disney Reportedly Panicking Over ‘Rogue One’

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This is not shaping up to be a great weekend for Disney. After their latest release, Alice Through the Looking Glass, bombed hard at the box office over the holiday, new reports reveal that their licensed galaxy far, far away is having some troubles hitting close to home.

According to Page Six, the studio’s first Star Wars spinoff film, Rogue One, will have to undergo some expensive reshoots over the summer. Executives are apparently unhappy with director Gareth Edwards’ first cut, and they will take this time to fix the blockbuster on their own terms. The reshoots will commence for four weeks in July.

There’s no clear word yet on what Disney doesn’t like about the upcoming sci-fantasy picture, but it has allegedly “fallen short” of the tall order laid by J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens and is now “testing poorly.” Widely considered a darker chapter in the series, Rogue One follows resistance fighters as they embark on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, all before it can be used to enforce the Emperor’s cruel rule. It’ll take place between the events of Episode III and IV. Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna and Forest Whitacker round out the cast. It’s scheduled for release on December 16… at least, for now.

A Disney source added,

“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. 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.”

Source: Page Six

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  • xxjinzaxx

    Interesting. We will now get to see if there is hypocrisy within social media.

    • Eobard Thawne

      Oh, we will.

    • Axxell

      Someone will find some “hypocrisy” to whine about…

    • Dimitri

      Yeah, but unlike Disney, DC/Warner keeps make the same mistakes again and again. So, when DC/Warner do reshoots it’s a feeling like “we told you so” but Disney is like “what? Disney is making mistakes?”
      Get it?

      • xxjinzaxx

        No. That would be confirmation bias. A psychological shortcoming. So I don’t get it, which is the hipoctisy I am expecting social media to hang itself with,

        • Dimitri

          you didn’t understand me

          • Peter James

            Yeah, what you just described above is what’s known as “confirmation bias”.
            He got you.
            As did I.

        • Axxell

          It’s not hypocritical to come up with a theory based on previous history. There’s more to it than that, but you want to just boil it down to “bias”, as if the SS reshoots happened in a vacuum.

    • Victor Thomas

      I don’t understand this I hope it’s not about being too dark. I think since it’s a spin off it could be a dark film, the trailer looks great and so does edwards vision. If the “it doesn’t live up to the JJ Abrams star wars” excuse is for real I think it’s one of the dumbest things I’ve heard, you get a director to make a movie like another director did? huh?

  • Shaiful Kashem

    The source of this report makes me highly dubious that it is true. I mean, I’ve never even heard of Page Six. I’m thinking bs.

    • Pedro

      They were the ones who first reported that Alden Ehrenreich got cast as young Han Solo. So they got at least that one right.

      • Shaiful Kashem

        After multiple other outlets had reported that the list had narrowed to 3 actors. A lucky guess if ever I heard one.

        • Pedro

          After Page Six reported young Han Solo, it was immediately confirmed by the Hollywood trades. So it was not just some lucky guess.

    • Weapons

      You’ve really never heard of Page Six? I mean, you’re not too far off base; we SHOULD take this scoop with a grain of salt for now… But they’re not some no-name gossip rag. This could be real.

    • Alboone

      They’re a rag paper…that’s usually right on the money unfortunately.

  • Eobard Thawne

    Will these be for humour too?

    When will these desperate bloggers hungry for clicks realise we’re not as dumb as they think we are? Even if there are four week reshoots, that’s perfectly normal. I highly doubt executives are panicked but even if they were, better now than in November. Yet another total non-story.

    • xxjinzaxx

      Will this story carry a negative spin or a positive one? It will be quite telling how this news nugget is handled by “blogger critics” and fanboys.

      • SAMURAI36

        I’ll do you one better… In a few weeks, this story will be completely gone.

        • xxjinzaxx

          Hipocrisy is like a fart, it’s at its deadliest when silent.

          It puts some credibility into the sellout conspiracies.

        • Eobard Thawne

          Forget a few weeks, 8 days and it’s already dead.

    • Axxell

      The article already explains why they’re happening. Don’t need to make a false comparison to SS.

      • xxjinzaxx

        He was not making a false comparison. He was calling out the two-faced sensibilities displayed in social media where the perception is that one entity is incapable of popping anything but potpourri and nectar while everyone else just can’t catch a break.

        • Axxell

          What does that make of the people who are incapable of admitting that DC may still be trying to find it’s footing in the wake of Marvel’s long established franchise? That sounds like bias to me.

          • xxjinzaxx

            but SW is not a Marvel movie :/

          • Axxell

            I didn’t say it was.

  • KB

    Wasn’t there some kind of report a while back saying another director was brought in to do some kind of reshoots for this film? Unless it was a lie being spread around but I could have swore I saw movie sites mention something like that

  • John

    “on their own terms” aka reshoots by a different director. If it has to do with being that’s its darker than Force Awakens, then thats absolute sh*te. If it doesn’t work, then fine, but Force Awakens isn’t a tall order. That movie made boat loads of cash because it was a sequel people have been clamoring to see for over 30 years, not because it was actually good.

  • Avengers+MCUspidey

    Lmfao Force Awakens is an average movie at best those reviews came from liberals happy the movie starred a May Sue..

    • Matt Amy

      Not digging the movie, that’s cool. Use of ‘liberal’ and ‘Mary Sue’ in your comment? You silly schmuck.

      • Avengers+MCUspidey

        Well I’m just stating facts most critics are liberals if you follow them on Twitter.. What’s the problem with calling them out for the biased reviews of art because something panders to their ideology?

        • Matt Amy

          I don’t think you really understood a word you just said. Let me ask you a plain question; in your opinion was Episode VII better or worse than Return of the Jedi, and why?

        • SAMURAI36

          LMAO. I agree that the Force Rehashed was nonsense, but you sound silly trying to reduce everything to “liberal & conservative”.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Knowing Gareth Edwards, Rogue One is probably poorly paced, as in too slow and meandering, just like his other films.

    • Napi

      Your brain is probably poorly paced

      • Marquis de Sade

        …and I love you too!

    • Dimitri

      And we will probably see the good stuff for five minutes. The rest will be some stupid characters talking.

  • DBZ *King Goku*

    This doesn’t sound good I know some studios reshoots all their films (marvel) but
    I liked TFA as much as Jurassic World fun films I wouldn’t watch again..
    Plus I know a lot of people that didn’t like Gareth Edward’s Godzilla

  • jollybrah

    So will Edwards be directing the reshoots or someone from Disney? I assume Edwards but I still gotta ask seeing as in the article it says Disney is taking the reshoots into there own hands. This doesn’t sound to good but Disney knows what they are doing and I’m sure the final product will be good, at the least.

  • Plays With Squirrels

    Disney should release it as is IMO. It will almost definitely break even and if it doesn’t get the reception from the public and critics, then make changes accordingly to their current slate and possible future films.

  • E C F’N W

    I don’t want another Force Awakens. I already got one of those back in December and loved it. I want Rogue One to be it’s own little unique movie that steps away from the Skywalker family for the most part.

  • TomDJ

    “Panicking”

    Articles have to stop with the “sky is falling” headlines just to get views.