ROGUE ONE Goes In For Reshoots

But is that a sign of trouble?

Page Six is reporting the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be going in for about four weeks of reshoots this summer. That's kind of a value neutral thing - plenty of big movies do reshoots, even extensive ones at times (although four weeks is pretty hefty). Less value neutral: the site says that the reshoots are partially motivated by Disney's unhappiness with the movie's current condition. 

“Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.” That's the quote from Page Six's anonymous Disney source. 

Bad news: I've heard similar things. A few months ago I told you that Chris McQuarrie had been brought in to do major rewrites that 'saved' the movie, but I guess that wasn't enough. For the last couple of weeks I've been hearing a building buzz about the movie not working, a buzz I kind of wanted to just ignore. I don't really have any specifics, and I can only hope that the whole thing is fixable. Rogue One is a movie I'm really excited about - a new flavor in the Star Wars universe, and hopefully the start of an exciting set of side stories under the A Star Wars Story banner.

Here's the thing to keep in mind: Rogue One is a big moment for the Star Wars franchise, and Disney and Lucasfilm are taking it very seriously and trying to make the best movie possible. Here's hoping the reshoots get them to that goal.