From the trailers and many interviews, we know that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had a different and less dramatic ending where some characters, including Jyn Erso, survived. Is that ending featured in some novelization, comics or other media?

From the answer and other online references, one can safely assume that we will never see it on film, but was the original ending leaked somewhere like what happened later with Colin Trevorrow's original Star Wars 9 script?

  • Disney likes to keep a tight clamp on the final vision and will generally avoid releasing bonus content / alternate endings / adaptations that stray too far from the final vision. An analogous situation is the Phil Lord and Christopher Miller version of Solo. Lord/Miller weren't following Disney's vision, and Disney had to go way over budget having Ron Howard reshoot much of the film. Some studios would capitalize on this and try to recoup extra expenses by releasing the "never before seen original cut" on home video. Disney will lock it in a vault and throw away the key.
    – user45623
    Aug 24, 2020 at 18:46
  • Some of this mindset with Star Wars may have been inherited from Lucas, who in a sense applied the same principle in reverse. After releasing the special editions of the original trilogy, his stance become "the theatrical releases were not my final vision; the special editions are my final vision and now no one is ever allowed to watch the theatrical versions again". Disney could rake in a ton of additional revenue from purists by re-releasing the theatrical versions on Blu-Ray, but has never opted to do so.
    – user45623
    Aug 24, 2020 at 18:49
  • User45623 - I think you're missing the key point which is that without the added VFX, most Star Wars "scenes" are just actors standing in front of a blue screen wearing mo-cap suits while other people walk around on stilts. There's not a lot of scope for an "alternate ending" unless you're going to dump half a million more man-hours into the film
    – Valorum
    Aug 24, 2020 at 19:31
  • My point is what was the original fate (or fates in case there were many drafts and rewrites of the script) of the rogue people who went to Scarif? Although it would be good to see it on film, just knowing that would be good, the same way novelization of Episode IX gave explanation about how the Emperor (or at least his consciousness) made it to Exegol. Aug 25, 2020 at 4:48
  • @user10191234 - Early drafts of the script would be interesting and I suspect they'll eventually see the light of day. Just not any time soon.
    – Valorum
    Aug 25, 2020 at 20:15

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Director Gareth Edwards has stated in interviews that he doesn't think it likely that an 'alternate cut' will ever see the light of day, or even many deleted scenes. The film was so VFX heavy that unfinished scenes are basically unwatchable nonsense and quite a lot of it wouldn't make much sense anyway since it's so divorced from the earlier plot.

"There's not an individual scene that you can drag and drop and put on a Blu-ray," he said. "There are little things that would come and go during the process of postproduction, 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."

As for the moments like the aforementioned TIE fighter shot, Edwards explained why we won't see how that fit into the overall story. "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 postproduction and didn't stop until there was a gun at our heads and we were forced to release the movie."

When it comes to the TIE-fighter shot, Edwards is remaining quiet about it for now. "Yeah, it's 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."

Edwards added that we'll never see an alternate version of that Scarif battle for a pretty simple reason: "The visual effects were never finished on it," he said. "It's not like there's something sitting somewhere. I feel like making a film is like a sport where someone blows a whistle and that's it -- the score is what it is. And the goal is to win. If I could go back and do the film knowing what I know now, the final film would be completely different. I'd probably be willing to make Star Wars for the next 10 years and never let go of it -- constantly trying to finesse and find new ideas. But at some point, it stops, and it is the movie. The film that got released, I feel like that is the film, and everything else is just the process of making it."


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    Re, "...until there was a gun at our heads and we were forced to release..." Reminds me of an old saying from an industry in which I used to work; "It's time to shoot the engineers and ship the product." Aug 24, 2020 at 18:47
  • Great explanation but I'll have to leave it open in case Disney or some other entity released or leaked the ending. Sep 3, 2020 at 17:24

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