Neal Scanlan, visual effects supervisor for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has spoken concerning why a deleted scene that sees a beast called The Eye of Webbish Bog was not put in the film.
“I think it maybe was too lengthy an explanation for something that (director J.J. Abrams) was able to explain in the movie much quicker,” Scanlan told Collider. The scene, which came out in the official Rise of Skywalker novelization, sees Kylo Ren seeking the Sith Wayfinder. While during that, he faces a giant, spider-like creature on Mustafar called The Eye of Webbish Bog.
“J.J.’s movies move very quickly, don’t they?” Scanlan also said. “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.”
But The Eye of Webbish Bog sequence wasn’t one that simply came about during brainstorming.
Nor was it even concept art. Instead, the full sequence was shot and The Eye of Webbish Bog was even built by Scanlan and his crew.
“That was a character that was designed very early on in the day,” Scanlan said. “We were all playing around with this idea and talking about it and he did this drawing and J.J. saw it and went, ‘That is amazing’… So we actually did build it and we took it to a place called Black Park in the UK, which is close to Pinewood Studios, where we shot it in a lake on location, and that sequence exists.”
Sadly, the character isn’t in The Rise of Skywalker film. And the scene won’t be found in the for-home products that are on their way. Still, Scanlan wishes that “we can revisit that character in some way” at some point in time.
The prop does still await …