Was it a smart idea on Disney's part to have some manner of Star Wars film see release every year from now until the foreseeable future? Well, yes, probably, but in the short term it seems as though these "in-between" tales might endure some growing pains.
The first of the franchise's spinoffs, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is reportedly IN CRISIS according to Page Six. The Gareth Edwards-directed picture is apparently not up to snuff in the eyes of Disney execs and, according to one Holllywood insider, "will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July."
Considering the over $2 billion in box-office money The Force Awakens took in (which is to speak nothing of licensing deals and home video sales), the extra money spent to guarantee a quality product is likely well spent. The same insider claims that "Rogue One has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: Episode VII and, more pointedly that "Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.”
And that's the real rub, isn't it? Disney has become very used to having someone like Kevin Feige take full control over their Marvel properties, which has yielded near-uniform success. So, naturally, they'll likely want Kathleen Kennedy to operate in much the same capacity, in order to ensure that Gareth Edwards doesn't go too far off book from what's already working.
As of now, no one in Edward's camp has responded, but Disney has provided a very boilerplate statement:
"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."
That's not untrue, but there's likely enough boiling underneath the surface of that pristine PR statement to merit the rumors bubbling over into the news. So the question now becomes -- what is Gareth's vision for Rogue One, and how much of that vision will we actually see? And is this level of control good or bad for Star Wars as a whole?
(via Page Six)