I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
There’s a rumor going around that Disney has seen the first cut of the movie, and they were not impressed with what director Gareth Edwards presented to them. In an attempt to repair some of the movie, “expensive reshoots” have been planned.
Page Six was the first to break open the can of worms on this rumor. Despite being primarily a source for pointless celebrity gossip, they were the first to scoop on Alden Ehrenreich landing the role of young Han Solo. So there’s got to be some credibility to what’s happening now, right?
Their unnamed source says:
The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and Rogue One will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July.
Gareth’s work on the first Godzilla shows he can handle a big studio blockbuster. But Rogue One has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. So Disney has ordered reshoots.
It’s true that Edwards is no stranger to large scale directing. He has two movies (that I’ve seen) where humans are at odds with giants taking over the land, and both were pretty good in their own right. He does like to gravitate toward creating very human stories, however, and that requires a lot of quiet moments in character building. If this is the case with Rogue One, it’s understandable if Disney feels unsatisfied, especially after seeing how successful The Force Awakens was with its action-filled formula (as well as Marvel‘s continued domination over superhero blockbusters). This is pure speculation on my part, though.
Source: Slash Film