In filmmaking parlance, “final cut” is the completed, edited version of the film that you see in theaters. It’s approved by the studio, and sometimes that means the final cut is determined by the studio in terms of scenes that must be removed, or a running time that must be abided by. Sadly, it’s not always the director that determines final cut, and the bigger the movie, or less influential the director, the greater the odds that final cut lie in the hands of studio execs. In the case of Star Wars: The Force Awakens though, it seems that final cut rests with J.J. Abrams.

That little factoid was revealed Vanity Fair talk that included Abrams, producer Brian Grazer and Apple designer Jony Ive. According to Abrams, it is to the credit of the top brass Walt Disney Studios that they’re allowing him to the complete a movie with Star Wars in the title as he has envisioned it.

“They let us make the movie we wanted to make,” Abrams explained. “I cannot say enough about how [Disney CEO] Bob Iger and [studio chief] Alan Horn have understood this thing that is now part of the Disney company.”

“And they’re not trying to Disney-fy it, they’re not doing anything other than, I think, an incredibly smart thing,” Abrmas added. “Which is letting [Lucasfilm CEO] Kathleen Kennedy — who is a remarkable person and producer — run and lead Lucasfilm to a place where I think it wants to go.”

You can check out the full video of the talk below…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters everywhere on December 18.

Source: Coming Soon

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