Bong Joon-Ho's Cut of 'Snowpiercer' Will Get a Limited Release in US
While we're still waiting to see how long it will take Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company to get their reduced cut of Bong Joon-Ho's sci-fi, class warfare drama Snowpiercer into theaters, it sounds like we'll get to see the original cut here in the United States after all. Rather than giving a new cut of the film a wide release, Deadline says Joon-Ho and Weinstein have come to an agreement to give the director's cut of the film a platform limited release (with likely VOD prospects) with a roll out to other theaters to follow. While that means less people will see Joon-Ho's work, it's better than the butchered cut from Weinstein.
Just last fall we heard that the original cut of Snowpiercer, which has already opened in South Korea and France, actually tested better than Weinstein's version. The new cut was said to trim about 20 minutes off the film that clocked in at just over 2 and a half hours. Weinstein wasn't sure if American audiences would understand the film in that form (because we're dumb) and some voiceovers written by Neil Gaiman were supposed to fill in the gaps. We're wondering of both cuts will be available on the eventual Blu-Ray and DVD release of the film, but in the meantime, we're glad the original cut is hitting theaters in the United States.
The cast for Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer includes Chris Evans with Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Oscar winners Tilda Swinton & Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Kang-ho Song and Luke Pasqualino as passengers on the train. Joon-ho describes Snow Piercer as a post-apocalyptic movie about a few survivors who end up on a massive train that is divided by economic classes. "With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snow Piercer is a train of Earth's lone survivors that travels around the cold world." Stay tuned to find out when Snowpiercer will hit theaters. Happy with this decision?