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Don’t expect to see an extended Special Edition of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars” installment any time soon.
The director said Friday that while “The Force Awakens” Blu-ray and DVD home releases will come with extra, unused bonus footage, it will not be in the form of a longer, so-called “director’s cut,” telling the Television Critics Association, “There will be deleted scenes, but not an extended version,” according to IGN.
The unprecedented magnitude and profile of the “Star Wars” relaunch led to heavy online speculation regarding the film’s production process, especially into when certain script and story decisions were made and what exactly was left on the cutting room floor. Scenes seen in some early trailers that ended up left out of the billion-dollar blockbuster’s final cut left some to wonder whether a longer version of the movie might eventually be made available, but it appears fans will have to wait for the next “Star Wars” chapter for more on-screen, in-canon action. Abrams noted that, by his recollection, the film’s original cut was its longest, clocking in at “close to 2 hours and 50 minutes, or something.”
After breaking all the box office records of galaxies near and far, it seems his ultimate, 2 hour 16 minute run-time was deemed long enough.
“The Force Awakens” took another record Saturday, with a $33 million opening in China, according to Variety. Check out the international trailer below.