At this stage, fans know that the last act of last year's 'Star Wars' spin-off 'Rogue One' was heavily edited and changed courtesy of re-shoots and post production, but it was never really revealed why.. until now.
Speaking to Slash Film, Director Gareth Edwards revealed what didn't quite work with the original concept.
"What used to happen, and you can get a sense of this in the early trailers, the transmission tower for the plans was separate from the main base on Scarif. To transmit the plans, they had to escape and run along the beach and go up the tower. In cutting the film, it just felt too long. We had to find ways to compress the third act, which was quite long as it was. And one real, fast, brutal solution was to put the tower in the base, so they don't have to run across the beach and do all of that stuff to get there. That became a decision that eliminated the shots you see in the trailer of the back of Cassian and Jyn and the AT-ATs. That was some of the reinvention that happened. It was all to do with compression... As cool as many things are, and they really are, you can't outstay your welcome."
Asked if the original ending might someday end up on a more deluxe Blu-ray release than what we're getting next month, Edwards isn't sure. "That's a decision way above me! I don't think there's any plans to do it." As Trump would say, "SAD!".