[Movies] Weinsteins Holding Up Release of Snowpiercer Over Final Cut Issues
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.19.2013
They want to cut character development...
Snowpiercer is one of the bigger hits of the year internationally, but there's quite the war being waged over its North American release. The Bong Joon-ho-directed film, which stars Chris Evans, won three awards from the South Korean Film Critics Circle and won Best Production Design from the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival along with high marks from several critics. However, as IndieWire reports the film has not yet received a domestic release date despite The Weinstein Company having acqured the rights.
The reason is simple: the Weinsteins have a say over the final domestic cut of the film and have been demanding a shorter version with additional voiceovers so that the film will play better in middle American. Joon-ho has been resisting the changes for his post-apocalyptic thriller and this the war continues.
The changes that the Weinsteins have demanded which Joon-ho is pushing back on include the cutting of about twenty-five minutes that would wipe out most of the character development and turn it into "a more conventional action-thriller." The brothers also want the voiceover additions and have suggested Neil Gaiman suggested as a potential writer.
Lawyers are battling it out right now. In a good sign for Joon-ho, the film is set to play at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival where the company had been resisting letting it screen at festivals while the legal war goes on.