The instant news of the Rogue One Blu-ray dropped, we all had the same question: Would the disc contain some of the many, many scenes from the trailers that aren't in the movie? The answer is no, and now the director of the film has explained why — but his answer isn't totally satisfying.
A shot that never made it into Rogue One. And it will never be explained. Image: Lucasfilm
"There's not an individual scene that you can drag and drop and put on a Blu-ray," Edwards told Fandango. "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."
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.
This absolutely makes sense if it was just moments. He's already explained several of those. But we know several of the scenes that were shot go well beyond that. Like, for example, this video showing K-2SO and Cassian Andor dying in a different place. That's more than just a thread; that's an entire alternate scene. Maybe it's missing some CG work, but that certainly hasn't stopped studios from including them in Blu-ray releases before
The most famous unexplained shot, however, is probably the one of Jyn Erso encountering a TIE Fighter on Scarif. That's almost certainly more than just a moment too but unfortunately, Edwards said what's happening there will remain a mystery.
[The TIE Fighter 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.
Read more from Edwards at the below link. Rogue One hits Blu-ray on April 5.