During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that he has seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and that he thinks it will be a ‘fine film,’ alleviating some fears that the reshoots will significantly hinder Gareth Edwards’ spinoff film.
“I’ve seen Rogue One,” Iger revealed.
“I’ve seen not only an edited picture but I’ve seen significantly more footage than was even in that picture. That’s actually going to be a fine film,” he said when asked if fans should be worried about the much-publicised reshoots.
Ever since the initial story of the Rogue One reshoots broke, there have been numerous conflicting reports on the matter, some with questionable veracity. Some websites claimed the reshoots constituted as much as 40% of the entire film, while Mads Mikkelsen tempered the rising tidal wave of speculation in telling The Independent they were merely to add a little polish to the film.
There had been rumours spread that Disney chiefs were unhappy with Edwards’ dark and gritty tone, resembling something like a war film when the studio was wary of veering too far away from the family-friendly blockbuster fun of The Force Awakens.
There’s plenty of Star Wars films in the offing, with Episodes VIII & IX as well as a confirmed young Han Solo spinoff. The other spinoffs are rumoured to involve character histories of original trilogy players like Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Meanwhile, Iger also revealed that Disney has future plans for the Indiana Jones franchise beyond Indiana Jones 5, which will return Harrison Ford to the titular role alongside director Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who is serving as executive producer.
However, he did confirm an Indy reboot for the future: “Right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released December 16, 2016.