Are you ready to feel just a little bit envious? Do you wish you could see Star Wars: The Last Jedi right now? Too bad. Like all of us, you’ll have to wait until December 15 before it graces your eyes, but it sounds like at least one of the suits at Disney has checked out the flick.
According to sources who were in a Disney earnings call, CEO Bob Iger has already seen The Last Jedi. What’s more, he went on to call the film “a great next chapter in the iconic Skywalker saga.”
Of course, we’re not stupid. It’s not like Iger would have ever said, “the film’s a royal mess, and we’re going to be in a mad scramble over the next ten months to make sure it isn’t a total train wreck.” That wouldn’t look so good for the shareholders, now would it? So the story isn’t necessarily his opinion on the film, as much as it is that there was an edit for him to see at all.
We still have a good ten months until the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, yet despite all that time between now and release, it’s surprising that an early cut of the film has been seen at all. Now, to be fair, chances are that’s a VFX-less cut full of green screen, wires, and sloppy cuts.
Director Rian Johnson and his team will spend the rest of the time working on the visuals, to make sure they are up to the Disney standards, but they’ll likely also be taking notes as to what kind of material they want to add in reshoots. As we know, reshoots have been a standard practice for these big budget films for quite some time, so don’t be surprised if we hear they’ll be having at least a couple weeks of this. That’s what this early cut is for — you have to find the flaws before you can iron them out.
Last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is notorious for its extensive reshoots. In fact, you'll recall a number of stories that circulated (stories from us, too), that voiced their concern over whether or not this was a bad sign. And yet, when all said and done, it all made for a strong film that worked for critics, and resulted in a box office boon.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017!