Just because it left theaters weeks ago doesn’t mean people aren’t still buzzing about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The unprecedented franchise prequel killed it at the box office, despite relying on a completely new story, and has given Disney the confidence to move forward with other prequel projects, like their Han Solo spinoff.
Now, fans are about to be able to relive the glory of Rogue One, as the movie gears up for its Blu-ray debut in April. Though the Blu-ray edition certainly boasts some exciting features, it notably lacks any deleted scenes. This came as an unpleasant surprise to fans, who were eager to see the different possibilities for the multilayered film. Rogue One sported a number of moments in its trailer that didn’t make it into the final cut, and we know that Gareth Edwards’ directing style was particularly fluid, so why don’t we get to see those scenes? Luckily, reporters asked Edwards himself.
In an interview with Fandango, Edwards spoke about the decision to leave deleted scenes off of the Rogue One Blu-ray. According to the director, it was ultimately a practical choice:
“The stuff people talk about, like what they saw in the trailer, they’re not scenes you can just put on a DVD. They’re moments within scenes and threads, and you pull a thread and it all changes. It was changing the whole time. It’s not like there was one version and then there was this other version — it was like this thing that incrementally evolved constantly through all of post-production and didn’t stop until there was a gun at our heads and we were forced to release the movie.”
Edwards went on to elaborate on the hectic nature of production, saying:
“The visual effects were never finished on [the alternate versions of the Scarif battle]. It’s not like there’s something sitting somewhere. I feel like making a film is like a sport where someone blows a whistle and that’s it — the score is what it is. And the goal is to win. If I could go back and do the film knowing what I know now, the final film would be completely different. I’d probably be willing to make Star Wars for the next ten years and never let go of it — constantly trying to finesse and find new ideas. But at some point it stops, and it is the movie. The film that got released, I feel like that is the film, and everything else is just the process of making it.”
Edwards also commented on one particularly infamous shot from the trailer that didn’t make it into the film. In the shot, a TIE fighter approaches protagonist Jyn Erso. Edwards states:
“Yeah, [that shot is] going to have to remain a myth because it’s sort of the thing where you’re trying ideas out to find the right version of the movie, and at the same time marketing is getting excited about certain shots and moments. Eventually you’ll see something presented to you and you’ll be like, wait a minute, this shot is no longer in the film.”
The trailer-film disparity, then, sounds like a case of the production and marketing teams working on different timelines, with both trying to get their products out as fast as possible. Some other notable moments from the trailer that were left on the cutting room floor include a shot of Director Krennic on the beach and hints at another Darth Vader scene.
The reasons behind these disparities, per Edwards, definitely make sense. There must have been huge pressure from Disney and Lucasfilm to produce a marketable product as quickly as possible, regardless of the film’s heavily involved production style. All the same, it’s a shame that expedience won over craft for even one of the most iconic film franchises of all time. Plus, there are plenty of special editions of films that still include fragmented extra shots and scenes, so most fans would agree in saying that, here, size doesn’t matter.
It will still be enthralling to see the Rogue One Blu-ray release in a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean there won’t also be fans left dreaming of what could have been.
Rogue One comes out on Blu-ray April 4, 2017.