While Disney’s train of live-action reboots of their classic tales rolls on, one has hit a bit of a snag. Joe Johnston (Captain America, Jumanji) has been brought in for “significant” additional photography and reshoots for The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, which adapts the classic ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky and story by E.T.A. Hoffmann.
However, the reason for the reshoots isn’t as negative as the ones which have plagued the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which resulted in the firing of original director Bryan Singer and the hiring of Dexter Fletcher. No, original director Lasse Hallstrom (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?) was simply unavailable for the reshoots due to scheduling issues.
Once the reshoots are complete, Hallstrom will return for the post-production process. “The film is in very good hands in London while I’m away”, Hallstrom said. “I will return to post production after the holidays”.
Mackenzie Foy stars as Clara, alongside Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren, and all barring Mirren are expected to return for reshoots, which are expected to last 32 days and will include script work from Tom McCarthy (Spotlight).
Reportedly, there isn’t any specific reason for the reshoots, which is a normal part of the filmmaking process, especially for big-budget tentpole films. The reshooting process has been viewed as a negative in recent years thanks to reshot scenes that have significantly altered films like Suicide Squad and Rogue One because producers feared the original films were lacking.
That doesn’t seem to be the case here, but it’s possible. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms is still on schedule to hit cinemas on November 2, 2018.