Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in crisis! Disney execs unhappy with the film! This is the end of Star Wars!
Alright, that last statement was me blowing the Rogue One reshoots I reported yesterday out of proportion. It was done for effect since my commentary yesterday was that the reshoots were being taken out of proportion by the media.
Both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision have clarified what the reshoots are about, and it is pretty much on par with what I suspected. Here’s what an insider said about the Rogue One early cut screening, which was shown only to executives and producers:
“The move is happening after execs screened the movie and felt it was tonally off with what a ‘classic’ Star Wars movie should feel like. The goal of the reshoots will be to lighten the mood, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure.
“This takes place just before A New Hope, and leads up to the ten minutes before that classic films begins. You have to match the tone… while [director Gareth] Edwards’ first cut was a solid showing, it didn’t measure up to the bar set in terms of four-quadrant appeal. Anything less than extraordinary won’t do.”
Basically, they felt the film was too much of a war film, and less a Star Wars action-adventure. To be honest, I’m a bit saddened that the film is going to be made a bit more “tonally consistent” with A New Hope, as I thought the entire reason for the Anthology films was to explore other aspects of the Star Wars universe.
To be honest, everything in that clarification seems to line up with what Gareth Edwards has been saying all along: His film will be more of a war movie and more grounded than any other Star Wars film. Sounds like he delivered exactly what he said he would.
So what does this mean going forward for the franchise as a whole? Well, I doubt that we’ll get anything too dark, and right now Disney is playing it safe with the universe. Considering the amount of money they spent acquiring the property, I can’t really fault them for that, but it is a bit disheartening.
John Boyega has recently called Star Wars: Episode VIII darker than The Force Awakens, but how much darker will Disney allow it to be, now that we have a sense the range of tonality being a four-quandrant picture? Will we ever get something as astounding as The Empire Strikes Back, which was a huge gamble at the time? Probably not in the very near future, but as Disney recoups their investment, they’ll hopefully allow for more experimentation.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will premiere in theaters on December 16, 2016.