Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker creature and special make-up effects creative supervisor Neal Scanlan has revealed why The Eye of Webbish Bog Scene was cut in the film.
It’s no secret that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was a divisive film. While the film earned over $1B at the worldwide box office, it none the less earned the least out of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. In addition, it was the most negatively reviewed live-action Star Wars film to date and currently holds a 52% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A common criticism among fans and critics was the film’s editing, which made it feel to fast-paced and like a lot was cut out. These feelings ultimately turned out to be true as the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization has been revealing much of the film’s cut content. But now one of the film’s effects artists has revealed one of the cut scenes in the film.
In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the opening shows Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren cutting through a number of enemies in order to obtain the device that will lead him to where Emperor Palpatine was hiding. The whole scene is done rather quickly but, as it turned out, in the original draft, Kylo Ren’s journey had an extra step which was ultimately cut from the film. Before obtaining the device, Kylo Ren was pointed in the right direction by a creature known as The Eye of Webbish Bog. It was reportedly a spider-like creature and a scene with the monster was indeed shot but ultimately was cut for time.
During a recent interview with Collider, Neal Scanlan explained that The Eye of Webbish Bog added too much to the film’s introduction and the people in charge opted to go for a quicker route how Kylo Ren obtained the device:
“I think it maybe was too lengthy an explanation for something that [Abrams] was able to explain in the movie much quicker, eventually. J.J.’s movies move very quickly don’t they, and it was all part of Kylo Ren’s journey and I think he just felt that there was too much time being spent on something which he explained much quicker. So that’s all it was, really. Runtime is always my biggest fear on any movie. So much of what we do, so much of what we shoot—and I’m sure this is the same for every department—you invest so much time and love in it and you hope it’ll make the final cut, but it doesn’t always do that because the movie would be four hours long. Which would be great! (laughs).”
What do you all make of this explanation? Would you have liked to have seen The Eye of Webbish Bog in the final cut of the film? What did you think of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will arrive March 17th on digital and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 31st. Meanwhile, the novelization was released on March 3rd.