The new first of the new ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movies, 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, could be in trouble, following reports that it is to embark on a month of 'expensive’ reshoots.
Sources have told the New York Post’s Page Six column that footage from the movie, being made by British director Gareth Edwards, has not 'fully satisfied’ bosses at Disney.
“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,” they said.
The movie, which stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna, tells the story of the spies who stole the plans for the Death Star, in a prequel to the first 'Star Wars’ movie, 'A New Hope’.
The first teaser arrived in April, to massive acclaim from fans, with the 'Godzilla’ helmsman seeming to have nailed the tone.
Another insider added: “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.
“Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.”
Though Disney itself has not responded to the claims, a further source at the studio 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.”
News recently emerged that Edwards would not be directing the planned 'Godzilla 2’, saying that having directed two blockbusters back-to-back, he wanted to pick up a smaller project to tackle next.
The movie is due out in December.
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