Executive meddling is normally seen as a bad thing. What suit-wearing executive can understand the artistic vision of a director, a writer, or even a video game producer? So, you may ask, is Disney’s recent demand of extension reshoots for Rogue One bad? Star Mads Mikkelsen says not really.
Mikkelsen, a veteran of dozens of movies as well as experienced in television, says reshoots are no big deal. “Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget. They’re either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there’s something they want to add. It’s not a new thing, it happens with every film. Whether it’s bigger or less, I have no idea, I have nothing to compare with. It’s the same film, it’s just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing. That’s my feeling.”
In fact, for many films (including this one) reshoots are scheduled before shooting even begins—people are on a tight schedule when filming, especially for something as scrutinized as Rogue One. However, reshoots did have to be pushed back to allow Edwards and his team to determine what to change, which brings us to the worst news: apparently, Disney was not pleased with the film. Edwards plans to add small scenes for character development: talking in cockpits or walking down hallways. Thankfully, no expensive battle scenes need redoing.
Director Gareth Edwards previously revealed he was leaving the Godzilla sequel to focus on Rogue One. “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.” The picture is to be locked (meaning all the filming is done) by mid-August, with scoring beginning in September. The film is on an earlier timeline than The Force Awakens, which also went through summer reshoots and locked in October.
Here’s hoping the film finishes and astounds us. Thanks for reading! Come back next week for more fun fan information!