Star Trek Beyond Director Justin Lin, in an interview with Collider, stated that his initial cut for Beyond clocked in at 2 hours 27 minutes, which was reduced in editing to 2 hours and 2 minutes. For fans hoping for an extended director’s cut of the film, do not get your hopes up just yet.
Lin revealed that many of these cuts were made to scenes already in the film that had been shot, but the scenes ran a little too long for the director’s taste. Citing an example, Lin referenced the scene where Scotty flees the Enterprise in a torpedo. When that scene was originally shot, Scotty runs into the torpedo bay and realizes that he is trapped, but notices that a photon torpedo is being repaired, which inspires him to figure out how to escape Manis and leave the Enterprise. While Lin loved Pegg’s performance and physical acting as Scotty is working through his options, the director ultimately decided to trim the scene down as the longer sequence was not helping the overall flow of the film.
When asked if those deleted scenes will be included in the home video release of Beyond, Lin noted that he has yet to decide. The director is uncomfortable including deleted scenes that are not finished, noting that if the studio gave him the money to finish those scenes, such as adding visual effects, then he would be more than happy to include them. However, if a scene is missing a VFX element, Lin feels that the unfinished nature of it takes a viewer out of the film.
Head over to Collider to watch the full interview.