It's one of our most hotly anticipated films of 2016, but it looks Rogue One might be in bother already.
A report surfaced online late last night suggesting that the first Star Wars spin-off movie didn't go down well with Disney executives at a recent private screening. The report suggests that the House of Mouse isn't "happy with the movie, and Rogue One will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July."
The report also adds that "Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well." Oof.
To be honest, the idea of Rogue One getting reshoots isn't all that surprising. There's a decent chance The Force Awakens had reshoots in its schedule and there isn't a blockbuster in cinemas today that hasn't had reshoots for it. The difference here, of course, is that Rogue One is a hugely anticipated film and people are crawling over any bit of news going.
The idea of not testing well, however, is interesting. Gareth Edwards has said that the creative angle behind the film is that it's more closer to a tough, gritty war movie. This alone is, in our mind, the whole reason for the film. Star Wars has always been a space opera, sure, but to see it from a completely different viewpoint - that of the ground soldier - is really, really cool.
There's also been reports that Rogue One is also a lot more violent than previous Star Wars films, with reports that Darth Vader turns up and decapitates people with wild abandon. There was even talk that he uses Rebel soldiers as a human shield with the Force. Again, incredible and unlike anything we've seen in Star Wars to date.
That's got to scare the bejaysus out of Disney and, in that sense, maybe they wanted reshoots to cut it all down. Who knows?