Unless you are a well-established and successful director, studios (or whoever finances the film) will have the final say as to what the finished product will look like. This is known in the film business as “final cut”. If, however, a director has final cut, he/she has full creative freedom to make the film the way he/she wants regardless of what the studio says. In this scenario, there are still certain restrictions such as duration and MPAA rating that the director will have to adhere to, but overall, the director has full control of the final product.
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