Prior to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story there were many, many discussions about reshoots and how radical they were in shaping, or reshaping, the movie. Indeed, you can see a number of scenes not in the movie in the various trailers for the film, and if you look at those shots, it’s not hard to imagine a whole other movie in Rogue One somewhere. But for all those hoping to get a glimpse of that movie in the deleted scenes of the upcoming home video release of Rogue One, you’re going to have to forget about it. Director Gareth Edwards, on the matter of deleted scenes, says there’s nothing to see here.
In a new interview with Fandango, Edwards explained that it’s not just a matter of taking a complete scene and putting it on the disc. “There’s not an individual scene that you can drag and drop and put on a Blu-ray,” Edwards said. “There are little things that would come and go during the process of post-production, but they’re not scenes. They’re more moments within the scenes, or a single shot. So it’s impossible to be able to do that, and that’s why the decision was made.”
As to all those things in the trailer specifically, Edwards affirms that there’s also not an entirely new movie waiting to be revealed in the supplementary material. “The stuff people talk about, like what they saw in the trailer, they’re not scenes you can just put on a DVD,” Edwards explained. “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.”
And if all that isn’t a good enough explanation for you, Edwards said that if the scene didn’t make it into the finished cut of the film, then it was never finished anyway. “The visual effects were never finished on it. It’s not like there’s something sitting somewhere,” he said. “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.”
Tell that to Peter Jackson or George Lucas.
Rogue One will be available for digital download on March 24, and will be available on physical Blu-ray and DVD on April 4.