There’s been much heated talk around the Weinsteins’ unpopular decision to release an edited for American audiences version of Snowpiercer here in the States. Have they heard the cries of the filmmakers and fans? Read on for the latest!
According to Deadline a disagreement between the filmmakers and distributor Harvey Weinstein over the length and pacing of the Bong Joon-Ho helmed Snowpiercer has been resolved.
Weinstein bought U.S. rights on the movie back in 2012 at AFM on the basis of the script and some sample footage. A wide release was in the contract, until the director turned in a cut of just beyond two and one-half hours.
The truce is basically that the director keeps the length of his film, but instead of going wide, it will be a platform release with a rollout. The picture is not being dumped. The film has done well in Korea and France and has gotten strong reviews. This is the hard part about the kind of buying that is taking place right now in Berlin, where distributors are making decisions based on scripts and sizzle reels, if they’re lucky. When the movie doesn’t deliver what the agents promised, this kind of give and take is inevitable.
The English-language directorial debut of Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the film stars The Avengers’ Chris Evans, The Help’s Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, and Song Kang-ho.
Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in the not too distant future, where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race. With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snowpiercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.
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