Beware (Or Not) The Dreaded Reshoot

Supposedly, reshoots are a normal part of moviemaking.  Oftentimes they’re done to make the story flow better, or to add something that focus groups shown the movie in pre-release screenings thought would somehow sharpen its focus or to address a weakness.

Though reshoots can also happen when a movie is believed to be in danger and the studio is doing their best to salvage something from their investment of both time and money.

The most blatant example I recall is from Exorcist: The Beginning (2014).

Originally the movie was directed by Paul Schrader, though when the studio saw what he was doing–his cut emphasized tension and atmosphere, more so than the visceral that the studio wanted–so he was fired and replaced with Renny Harlin, a director known primarily for action movies like Die Hard 2 and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

Which is exactly what the studio wanted (which begs the question:  Why they hired Schrader in the first place, seeing that he was never known for movies of that type).

More recently, while Fox did not replace Josh Trank at the helm of Fantastic Four (2015)–perhaps they should have–producer Simon Kinberg did go in and reshoot certain scenes when it was clear that Trask was not working out.

So the news that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Suicide Squad are both undergoing reshoots might either affirm the studios’ faith in their movies, or is a sign that they’ve lost it entirely.

Take your pick.

4 thoughts on “Beware (Or Not) The Dreaded Reshoot

  1. Really really cool article, thanks for writing this up. I just hope that the Suicide Squad reshoots were a positive thing. Have you featured this with any other movie websites at all?

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