Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might have been one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, however, the movie has become one of the most divisive entries in the Star Wars franchise. Episode IX has been suffering from mixed to negative reviews, and its critic score on Rotten Tomatoes has fallen to a bleak 54% from its original 59% during its opening weekend.
Now, a new leak on Reddit reveals what went wrong with The Rise of Skywalker. Taking to the social media platform, a fan corresponding with someone who worked closely on the production of J.J. Abrams’ second Star Wars movie reveals some of the reasons why The Rise of Skywalker turned out the way that it did.
According to the leak, Disney made major changes to Episode IX behind Abrams' back.
“The TROS we saw last night was not the TROS we thought we worked on,” the source revealed.
Abrams was devastated and blindsided by what Disney had done to the movie. Apparently, the director had been feeling terrible over the past six months because of the outrageous demands that Disney had made that changed the story that he originally wanted to tell in The Rise of Skywalker.
“While the scenes were shot, a lot of the changes were made in post-production and the audio was rerecorded and altered. My source says they’ve never seen anything like this happen before. He’s the director and he wasn’t in the know about what they were doing behind his back,” the post reads.
Though this might come as a major shock to many, the leak explains so much. Cinephiles might have mixed feelings over Abrams' style, but no one was expecting The Rise of Skywalker to turn out so badly. It makes sense that the narrative for The Rise of Skywalker would end up being so convoluted with Disney making changes to the film.
Of course, we can’t be entirely sure about the legitimacy of the post. We’ll have to wait and see how the story develops.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently screening in cinemas.