In the last few days, depending on who you believe, the upcoming Star Wars spinoff blockbuster “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is either in trouble or completely fine. Buzz grew around the internet when Emily Smith of Page Six sounded the alarm, claiming that, “One Hollywood source told us, ‘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.”
I hate to burst Smith’s bubble but reshoots, as scary as they may sound, aren’t necessarily a bad thing.
This isn’t the first movie that has been predicted as a failure when additional shooting was announced, lest you forget that “Mad Max: Fury Road” was “doomed.” (Gasp!) Yeah, that film turned out alright. Reshoots happen all the time and, if anything, it should encourage fans that Disney and Lucasfilm are committed to nailing the tone of the movie, which, admittedly, carries a lot of expectations with it.
Even if we subscribe to all that Smith is saying, the four weeks worth of reshoots is just a single week more than “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” went into, and that movie made all the money. And reshoots are a luxury. As Drew McWeeny of HitFix explains in detail, additional shooting allows a director to put some polish, or sizzle on the steak, into their film. What filmmaker wouldn’t like to be able to see a first cut of the film and then have the opportunity to iron out the kinks? If you take the rumors to heart, what appears to be happening is that Disney wants the film to have a bit more levity and may even include additional scenes with Darth Vader. Someone explain to me how adding in the Star Wars saga’s most revered villain can be a bad thing? It isn’t like they said they were squeezing in a love scene between Felicity Jones and Jar Jar Binks.
Another bit of misinformation that is going around comes in the form of a rumored “test screening” that put Disney in a panic. This information isn’t even close to correct. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” didn’t have test screenings and this film will likely follow that path. Why would Disney want to offer a chance for potential spoilers to be leaked about the most anticipated movie of 2016? When it comes to sifting through the trash of film journalism, and there certainly is a lot, sometimes you have to let common sense win the day and let things play out before you lose your mind. “Ghostbusters” zealots, are you listening?
We’ll defend Star Wars to our death but the issue we have with this “shoot first and ask questions later” form of “journalism” is that there is no consequence for just throwing anything against the wall and hoping it sticks. And, as is symptomatic in today’s blogosphere, there are more than a few blogs and publications that will jump at the chance to report on this information, even if the sources aren’t vetted. The inmates are running the asylum of irresponsible journalism, folks … which reminds us … did you hear that “Suicide Squad” went into reshoots? (Double gasp!) This isn’t the first time a film has done some touch-ups and it certainly won’t be the last. Take a deep breath, internet. “Rogue One” will be fine.