Sometimes movies are very well received the first time they’re screened for the studio heads to view, and sometimes they’re just not. Sadly, for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latter might be the case.
A rumor has surfaced on the web (via Page Six), claiming that the big wigs over at Disney are panicking over Rogue One, due to the fact that it’s apparently testing bad. According to Page Six, this is what their source had to say:
“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…Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well…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.”
Rogue One’s director is Gareth Edwards, and he’s been on record stating that he tries to keep studio influence to a minimum when he’s directing a film, but it looks like the Disney execs aren’t having any of that. Edwards directed Godzilla (2014), and that film did relatively well, so we know he’s capable of handling large scale projects. It just look like Disney isn’t sold on the vision he had for this film, and they want it to be as good as possible, seeing as how it’s the first Star Wars spin-off film ever and could be the deciding factor on whether or not they should keep making more of these.
At the end of the day, this is still a rumor, but at the same time, Page Six was the website responsible for breaking the news about Alden Ehrenreich being cast as Han Solo, so they’re at least a bit reliable. As always though, we’re just going to have to wait and see what becomes of this.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to release on December 16th, 2016.