For those who are waiting for a Blu-ray release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” that includes deleted scenes that were featured in many of the trailers, get ready for a big disappointment.
“Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards talked to Fandango at the SXSW festival recently and revealed that it’s a little more complex than just putting the footage together as special features.
“The stuff people talk about, like what they saw in the trailer, they’re not scenes you can just put on a DVD,” Edwards said. “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 postproduction and didn’t stop until there was a gun at our heads and we were forced to release the movie.”
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And one of the most memorable shots from the trailers that’s sadly missing in the movie, of a TIE fighter flying in front of Jyn as she’s on a walkway, sounds like something that will become the stuff of “Star Wars” legend.
“It’s 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,” Edwards said. “Eventually, you’ll see something presented to you and you’ll be like, wait a minute, this shot is no longer in the film.”
There has been a lot of reporting about the reshoots for “Rogue One,” so even though Edwards and Disney/Lucasfilm don’t want to reveal what other ideas they had for the movie, we don’t see the thirst for the unused footage going away soon.