A troubling report this week from the New York Post’s Page Six indicated that the spinoff film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would have to undergo reshoots after it received a poor reception from test audiences.
Shortly after the report was published, others began to surface, confirming the reshoots, but taking issue with some of the original report’s finer details.
Sources speaking to our sister site Deadline corroborated the report regarding the reshoots, but say that Disney never screened either Rogue One or The Force Awakens in front of a test audience (which makes a great deal of sense considering how secretive Disney is about the franchise).
Rather, network executives and producers saw an early cut of the film and decided that the story wasn’t coming together as well as they’d hoped it would.
The Hollywood Reporter followed up with an even more in-depth report about the reshoots, claiming that “one source describes the cut as having the feel of a war movie.” Sources also say that the intent 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 is the closest thing to a prequel ever,” another source tells THR. “This takes place just before A New Hope and leads up to the 10 minutes before that classic film begins. You have to match the tone!”
The new round of shooting should take place later this month, but according to Deadline, it won’t affect Rogue One’s scheduled December 16th release date.