Paul Schrader & Nicolas Cage Quietly Disavowing 'Dying of the Light'
by Ethan Anderton
October 17, 2014
The first trailer for Paul Schrader's CIA thriller Dying of the Light starring Nicolas Cage just premiered this week, and it didn't look half bad. However, you might remember that when the first look photo from the film surfaced, there were rumblings that Schrader has been removed from the editing room because the movie he was trying to cut "was a completely different movie from the movie that was greenlit, the movie that was discussed and the movie that was shot." Now Schrader, along with Cage, co-star Anton Yelchin and executive producer Nicolas Winding Refn are quietly protesting the film as best they can. Read on!
Due to contractual obligations, they can't bash the movie, so they're wearing these shirts instead:
And this is what Paul Schrader posted on Facebook about the issue at hand:
"We lost the battle. 'Dying of the Light,' a film I wrote and directed, was taken away from me, redited, scored and mixed without my input. Yesterday Grindstone (a division of Lionsgate) released the poster and the trailer. They are available on line. Here we are, Nick Cage, Anton Yelchin, Nic Refn and myself, wearing our “non-disparagement” T shirts. The non-disparagement clause in an artist’s contract gives the owners of the film the right to sue the artist should the owner deem anything the artist has said about the film to be 'derogatory.' I have no comment on the film or others connected with the picture."
In case you can't read the text on those shirts above, that's the clause of the contract for their involvement in the film that says they cannot disparage or defame the film in any way. Nicolas Winding Refn has also called the producers' treatment of Schrader in this situation nothing but "artistic disrespect.” There might be two sides to this story, but if Schrader didn't have the support of Cage, Yelchin and Refn, that would be different. At the same time, it's not as if Schrader has made anything great in awhile, so perhaps producers really were blindsided by what he was trying to do in the editing room. So in the end, it sounds like Dying of the Light might not be the film Schrader wanted to make. Will you see it?
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
Nick Cage rules....despite his awful recent films
TheOct8pus on Oct 17, 2014
I like this a lot, I won't see it despite it looking interesting. Their image should read: Dying of the Light, "a film by Paul Schrader"
OfficialJab on Oct 17, 2014
Why studios keep doing this, i dont know. The film will flop. Trailer looks terrible. If this would have been Schrader's cut i would have maybe watched it. After all that work, i cant even imagine being left out for the most important parts of the movie making.
Sascha Dikiciyan on Oct 17, 2014
No! I will not go see this butchered film. If 'they' took Schrader's name off of it; if they removed all of his credits and stopped marketing using his name then one might consider seeing it. How can anyone support the crass and obvious deceit by these money folks? It's not a film by Schrader and to advertise as such should be considered false advertisement...no?
Bo on Oct 17, 2014
Yes, Nic Cage, protest this now horrid film..... GO SEE LEFT BEHIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joshua Addisson Roach on Oct 17, 2014
Is Nic Cage turning into an eagle? Or has he been an eagle this WHOLE time???!
DAVIDPD on Oct 17, 2014
Unless you have final say or "final cut" of the film (which most directors don't get) isn't this something that happens ALL the time in Hollywood?
Chuckee Knowlton on Oct 18, 2014
To varying degrees, yes. Most people keep quiet about it because the changes required are not especially embarrassing. Sometimes they actually lead to more positive test scores and in those situations, there are no "artists with integrity" behind the camera... Schrader seems to be collecting stories like this one. He is either an innocent victim, or a perpetrator...
Dusty Rhodes on Oct 21, 2014
Sorry, no commenting is allowed at this time.