‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is so bad, it needs four weeks of reshoots


When the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped in April, I felt relief. Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars property has, in my opinion, been a great thing. And the trailer made Rogue One seem exciting, with another strong female performance at the center. But apparently Disney executives have seen a full cut of the film and they are super-worried. They think it sucks. They think it sucks to the point where Disney is going to shell out a lot of money for four whole weeks of re-shoots this summer.

The first “Star Wars” spinoff, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” is in crisis, and the movie will have to go into expensive reshoots over the summer, sources exclusively confirmed to Page Six. The much-anticipated “Rogue One” is due for release on Dec. 16, but we’re told bosses at Disney are not fully satisfied with the first cut from director Gareth Edwards.

One Hollywood source told us, “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.”

Edwards is well-known as a risk-taking director, but has also been reported to prefer to keep studio influence at a minimum. The source added, “Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.”

Reps for Edwards didn’t get back to us last night. 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.”

[From Page Six]

Rogue One is set after Episode III and before Episode IV, so it’s the time when Luke and Leia would have been adolescents, maybe? And Han Solo would have been a young man. There’s a belief or theory that the new Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich, will make some sort of cameo in Rogue One and that’s one of the reasons for the reshoots. It’s also believed that Darth Vader will appear in Rogue One in some capacity. Are these reshoots good news? Eh, not really. But I sort of enjoy the fact that Disney executives are being really anal retentive about it. How bad were those test screenings?


Photos courtesy of Disney/Rogue One.

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  1. Birdix says:

    The last one left off with her finding Luke–will they go back to that?

    • Mia4s says:

      Next Christmas will be Episode 8 where we will get the continuation with Luke.

      This is a prequel to the first Star Wars (A New Hope) telling the story of the spies who stole the Death Star plans that end up being carried by R2D2. You won’t see Luke or Leia. Probably should not see Han because this story should be shortly before a New Hope begins, when Han was already Harrison Ford.

      • Birdix says:

        Oh… got it, thanks. This is 3.5 and that will be 8 and this comes out this year and 8 next year. Maybe a ridiculous question seeing that my kid brushes her teeth with a talking light saber toothbrush, but aren’t they worried about Star Wars fatigue?

    • Palar says:

      No that was the Force Awakens, episode 7. Rogue One is a spin off movie set after episode 3 (episode 3 is the one where Anakin turns into Darth Vader and Luke and Leia were just born)

    • Murphy says:

      ….She is an entirely different person

  2. Tiffany27 says:

    What is this film supposed to be about? Serious question.

    • farah says:

      Set after Revenge of the Sith, but before Star Wars: A New Hope. The film is about rebels stealing the plans for the Death Star.

      (which eventually gets build and destroyed… and destroyed again)

      • M.A.F. says:

        then built again but under a different name (Star Killer, Planet Destroyer, I forget) and bigger too. And that too got destroyed.

    • Luca76 says:

      This seems like something that should have been an animated series or in some other form soley for fans who are obsessed with that world. I’m positive that some of my friends would love this but if there are no appearances of the major characters this looks skippable. They need to get back to Luke.

      • LadyMTL says:

        My thoughts exactly. I loved the original trilogy and really enjoyed The Force Awakens, but I have zero desire to see this movie. At a certain point I just can’t care about so-and-so’s best friend’s niece (and so on).

  3. OriginallyBlue says:

    That doesn’t sound good and they are trying to spin it to sound like this was something that was going to happen anyway, but I doubt it. A whole month worth of reshoots months before the movie is to come out is not good. Glad they want the movie to be good and make a killing at the box office though.

    • Mia4s says:

      Eh, not necessarily a big deal, but someone definitely has a grudge. Big movies build in reshoot a these days. Marvel is notorious for it, Force Awakens did it. It depends really, no reason to panic

      • cr says:

        I wasn’t impressed by the trailer, but the whole ‘OMG! Reshoots! This film is doomed’ for whatever film is being talked about, to be taken with a large grain of salt. Reshoots, even for smaller films, are normal, even up to a couple of months before release.

    • M.A.F. says:

      Eh, re-shoots are normal and four weeks of them isn’t too bad either.

    • Josefina says:

      Yeah, no reason to freak out. Big money movies always do reshoots. They’ve already spent so much in them, spending some more to make sure it doesn’t flop isn’t that big of a deal.

  4. Jenns says:

    This is disappointing. I thought the trailer looked great and was looking forward to this.

    Maybe it will be like a Mad Max situation were the reshoots turn out OK.

    • lisa2 says:

      I finally saw Mad Max. And I just didn’t get why people thought this was such an amazing movie. Charlize looked great; but only had 1 fight scene really. And the storyline was completely forgettable. Because other than water I don’t know it was about. I’ve seen examples of other movies doing reahoots and everyone screamed BOMB. This movie does 4 weeks of reshoots and everyone has a different spin.

  5. Tiffany says:

    I am not sure how to feel about this. Reshoots happen but the fact that fanboys and MRA’s are so butthurt that the film as a strong, female lead, I do not want them to have any satisfaction.

    • INeedANap says:

      They will be butthurt no matter what.

      Mad Max: Fury Road, Hunger Games, and the newest Star Wars all did incredibly well. But they will continue to bleat and whine about female films supposedly being money sinks, because when someone is that far gone in their bigotry no amount of logic can make them see the truth.

      Ignore the MRAs, the rest of us have cool movies to watch.

  6. Locke Lamora says:

    I’m not a big Star Wars fan ( Star Trek 4 Life), but I really like the cast, so I might watch this.
    The second picture reminded me that Diego Luna was my first ever celebrity crush after Dirty Dancing 2 came out when I was 11.

    • teacakes says:

      oooof I would watch anything for Diego – I love Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and I refuse to be ashamed of it! (he and Romola Garai are gorgeous together, despite the cheesy music, half-assed script. ropey accents and everything – they had crazy chemistry, I wasn’t surprised at all to learn they dated). Though Romola had a hard time because the producers kept nagging her to lose weight.

  7. profdanglais says:

    I feel like Disney execs can’t necessarily be trusted to have good judgement about this. I hope their input wasn’t something like “This movie is far too female-centric. Put in some more dudes!” That trailer looked so promising I will be genuinely upset if the movie isn’t good.

  8. Amelie says:

    I was not a huge fan of the trailer, especially that annoying siren noise so this doesn’t really surprise me.

    • Mia4s says:

      That “annoying siren noise” is the alarm from the original Death Star (Yeah I’m a nerd, come at me 😜 )

      For the fans who knew that it was actually brilliant. I can see why it would bug you though.

      • Zuzus girl says:

        Ha- it does sound a little like my dogs squeaky toy being gnawed on repeatedly.

      • Amelie says:

        Even if I had known that, it still would have annoyed me. It’s an incredibly shrill and high pitched sound, I actually thought it was some kind of weird animal sound, some weird alien thing in the SW universe. The fact they play it throughout the second half of the trailer does it no favors. A few seconds would have been enough. So not a brilliant move on the trailer creators’ part.

  9. anna says:

    The script was written by the director of Twilight. This is why the lead says cringeworthy lines like “I rebel”. Also Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla was trash.

  10. Irene says:

    Meh. All the big blockbusters automatically schedule in 4-6 weeks of reshoots these days (see: Marvel). It’s no reason to panic.

  11. Zuzus girl says:

    Still not thrilled with Alden Ehrenreich playing Hans, he’s too chipmunk cheeked.

  12. Mark says:

    Nobody expects of the new Star Wars movie to be a masterpiece in cinema history. Like Harrison Ford told George Lucas one human could read that script.

  13. teacakes says:

    eh, I don’t know – virtually all major tentpole films have reshoots these days, even TFA had it and turned out more than ok. I mean, $2 billion is way more than just ‘ok’, lol.

    as for the audience testing…… didn’t Batman v Superman test very well with audiences last year? And look what happened to that…

  14. rtms says:

    Too many movies I think. Really other than Star Wars nerds I have a feeling each and every subsequent side film is not going to do very well. This doesn’t further any story, it only looks back with people we never heard of. Other than the main story line of the force awakens and on ward I don’t see these Han Solo, Bobba Fett etc movies doing well. I think they are determined to run this franchise into the ground. Either that or put these movies on ABC as a special movie of the week thing.