In the entire history of Star Wars, there has not been any movie longer than The Last Jedi, but, the movie’s writer/director Rian Johnson claims that there were many more movie scenes which were not featured in the final cut. Fortunately, Johnson has assured that all the deleted scenes, some of which are entire sequences, will be a part of the final Blu-ray.
“We shot a lot, man. Just like any other film, it came together in the edit,” Johnson told Deadline. “The editing is the completion of the writing process. We were not at all precious about this film. We tore it apart. We ripped stuff out. There’s going to be a lot of great deleted scenes. I’m not trying to sell Blu-rays here, there are just going to be a lot of deleted scenes.”
The movie’s producer Ram Bergman shared the sentiments, and stated, “There’s a lot of movie. Even more in the deleted scenes. There’s plenty more.”
It is usual for fans to have high hopes of seeing all that failed to feature in the movie’s cinematic cut, but, at times the deleted scenes happen to be nothing else, but, alternate versions of the featured sequences. However, Johnson reiterated that the deleted scenes are huge.
“And it’s not just shots of characters walking down hallways, either,” Johnson said. “There are entire sequences that got lifted out of it, which taken on their own are some of my favorite sequences in the movie. But for the good of the whole, they had to come out.”
The filmmaker had earlier said that even though, the final cut was the longest ever in the history of Star Wars, his first assembly cut was over three hours, and contained every scene from the script that was filmed.
“We rearranged stuff. We were constantly messing with the intercutting between the plot lines,” he explained. “There are very few of the intercuts that are in there as written in the script. We ended up re-engineering a lot of it during the course of editing because that’s what the edit is for. All bets are off, and you just have to make the thing work.”
If we go by the example of The Force Awakens, fans are likely to see the release of The Last Jedi Blu-ray in late March or start of April.
As of now, fans can enjoy watching the cinematic cut, because The Last Jedi is playing in cinemas everywhere.