Looks like we have another big-budget film set to have “extensive” reshoots. According to THR, Doug Liman’s Chaos Walking, which stars Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, will have two to three weeks of “significant” additional photography.
Due to the in-demand nature of their actors, these reshoots will not be able to take place until either December of January of this year. With its release date sitting at March 1, 2019, it’s expected that the studio will be forced to push it back. This is certainly a bit of a downer since principal photography wrapped last November, and when all said and done, it will likely be around two years from wrapping principal photography to its release.
Patrick Ness, the author of the trilogy on which this film is based (as well as the author/screenwriter for A Monster Calls) is currently in negotiations to write new pages for these reshoots. He was not involved in the original set of drafts for this film.
Now, it’s worth stating that, while reshoots are common, they are usually planned in advance. The fact that these reshoots are extensive enough to warrant a potential delay shows there may be some real problems. However, Doug Liman is behind this, and while I’m sure there are some major story issues in the movie as-is, I have confidence that he’ll bring things around.
Here is the outlet’s description of Chaos Walking:
“The film’s story is set a colony planet where almost all women have been killed by a virus, and all living creatures hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise. The cacophony drives many mad until a young man (Holland) makes a silent discovery: There is a girl (Ridley) who may be the key to unlocking the New World’s many-layered secrets.”
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