Director's Cut of 'Snowpiercer' Tested Better Than Weinstein's Cut
Back in August, we learned the annoying fact that The Weinstein Company was going to cut 20 minutes out of his new film Snowpiercer before releasing it in the United States. A few weeks later, director Bong Joon-ho said, "Weinstein is actually being pretty soft toward editing, probably because it's noticed how critics have praised the film and know how angry movie fans get over new edits. They even asked me which parts I want to include in the film." A couple months later and the edits are still going on, but Joon-ho opened up to talk about the process, and he revealed an interesting little tidbit about the new cut of the film.
The director told Twitch about the comparison between the two cuts:
"It’s still going on. Some aspects are a little bit exaggerated. Some people misunderstood that there already exists a North American version with 20 minutes cut out. But that kind of version doesn’t exist. Officially the negotiation is still going on, and I’m trying my best to keep my own version. And also the CJ people [the Korean investors/distributors] are trying to confirm the release date, the marketing plan and many other things they are still negotiating. And the funny thing is once there did exist a 20-minute cut-out version, a Weinstein version of Snowpiercer, they had a screening of that version in New Jersey in July. Then CJ did another test screening of my original version in LA with a normal American audience, and with my version the response was much higher than the scores from the Weinstein version."
That doesn't bode to well for the kind of edits that The Weinstein Company wants to make. If the film has been testing well with American audiences without any cuts being made, then why don't they just let it go? This is getting ridiculous. Why buy a film if you're just going to cut it up and turn it into your own version of a story that already worked? The answer is because it's Harvey Weinstein. Yes, the man has proven to be a great mind in show business, but he's also made mistakes, and it sounds like this might be one of them. At least we can take solace in the fact that we'll see the director's cut at some point, even if it's not in theaters.