Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker will cap the end of not only the Star Wars sequel trilogy, but the nine part Skywalker Saga as well. It hits on December 20th this year, and we are expecting a trailer anytime from two days ago (1.21 gigawatts required), to this coming Monday. I genuinely don’t know anymore, and have also genuinely stopped caring. It’ll hit when it hits.
Today a rumor has been started by leaker Jordan Maison about the movie, and before you panic this has no story details in it whatsoever. Instead, Maison says that up to eight alternate endings for the movie have been tested on audiences prior to locking in a final cut. Now Maison has been pretty clear, as you will see from his Tweets below, that we are not talking about massive story differences here, like in one version Rey marries Kylo and they rule the Galaxy and in another we discover the affair Chewbacca and Leia have been having for years and that Ben Solo is actually Ben Bacca. No, what Maison goers on to say in further comments is that alternate takes on the same idea have been tested already. Check it out.
Oh, here’s a random freebie. At one point up to 8 different endings have been/were test screened for TROS. #StarWars
— Jordan Maison (@JordanMaison) October 16, 2019
Everyone who knows this industry also knows that most films are shown behind closed doors to test audiences to gauge certain reactions. Many of our own LRM team have been present over the years at these type of events, though of course, there’s no way they’d choose someone who works for a news site like this, so we are talking about their pre-LRM days. Often at these events, different takes will be shown to different groups and their thoughts used to make certain decisions for the final edit of a movie. Its’ also worth noting that despite what David F. Sandberg said recently, these test screenings can and do result in changes to movies.
Now your guess is as good as ours as to what variations we are talking about here, and it remains to be seen if we will ever find out what the alternate takes would have been to the version we end up seeing in theaters in December. Would you accept if you were asked to attend a test screening for the next Star Wars movie, ever been to a test screening? Let us know what you are thinking in the usual place below.
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SOURCE: Jordan Maison (via Twitter)