The director is going against his predecessor George Lucas' practices
JJ Abrams has revealed that there will be no director’s cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens after fan enquiries about shots from trailers that went unused in the film.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about a home release of the film, the director said that the version released in cinemas would remain unchanged on DVD and Bluray. “There will be deleted scenes,” he said, “but not an extended version.”
The comments come after fans noticed discrepancies between the many trailers for the film and the final cut. Jakku’s Constable Zuvio, a character featured in an exclusive still published by Empire, was ultimately cut from the film.
Meanwhile an early shot of Kylo Ren walking through snow-covered woods and brandishing his distinctive crossguard lightsaber was also unused in the theatrical release. “There were a bunch of things we ended up not using,” Abrams said.
Abrams revealed that the first edit of the film was “close to two hours and 50 minutes”, which means almost 30 minutes of footage were not used in the final cut. He did not say how much of this content would be made available as deleted scenes.
His decision not to alter the film contrasts with franchise creator George Lucas’ approach. Lucas created multiple versions of the first six films. Changes included the actor playing The Emperor in Episode V, 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, and the Force ghosts at the end of Episode VI, 1983’s Return Of The Jedi.