Well, told ya not to put too much stock in those panicky rumors of reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A report yesterday from New York Post's Page Six said Disney was in a panic and "unhappy" with the film after poorly-received test screenings. That led to the decision to send director Gareth Edwards back in for weeks of expensive reshoots to fix the problem. So how much of that was true? Only a little, and what's accurate turns out to be no big deal at all.
Deadline provides an update that sheds some light on the situation, starting with the fact there were no test screenings. Oops, Page Six. Must've missed that one. The decision to go back in for reshoots was made after Disney's top brass saw the initial cut of the film and felt the story needed to gel better, while also adding some of the edge Star Wars: The Force Awakens had. THR said something similar in that there was a need to bring in some of the "classic" Star Wars feel by lightening the mood and injecting a sense of adventure. There's also a need to make sure the tone matches that of the original trilogy since it is a prequel to 'Episode IV: A New Hope'.
“This is the closest thing to a prequel ever,” a source tells THR. “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!”
Meanwhile, Variety writer Justin Kroll says the reshoots are primarily for a big time cameo, which probably means a certain rogueish Millennium Falcon pilot...
Sources say reshoots are expected on ROGUE 1; nothing to worry about, most of the shoot will involve the cameo of a very important character— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) May 31, 2016
So why is none of this a cause for concern? Well...because it's June. The movie comes out in December. No film of this size is finished at this stage, and if it was then we'd have reason to worry because it would mean nobody is looking to make sure it's any good. Disney is taking the time to get it right, which is exactly what they should be doing. Somewhere down the line we've come to look at improving a movie as a bad thing, and that's just plain stupid. Keep in mind that 'The Force Awakens' had reshoots at this point, too, and that turned out just fine.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 18th.