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.
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
While I won't be able to comment on the Weinstein cut, I can say the version I saw here in Korea was so amazing. Too bad they made the changes.
DAVIDPD on Nov 5, 2013
This is a movie I'm looking forward to, still reckon it will be good hopefully!
Carpola on Nov 5, 2013
Score 1 for the filmmakers!
Chris Groves on Nov 5, 2013
top marks to Bong Joon-Ho for mentioning this in his interview. Harvey Scissorhands may have the ability to edit over him - which in itself i find a disgrace - but he can at least state his displeasure at the situation, albeit in a subtle way.
son_et_lumiere on Nov 5, 2013
I'm not gonna watch it unless I can see the actual cut...
Bl00dwerK on Nov 5, 2013
I do not think the film could be cut some scenes like that, this really make the audience extremely disappointed and angry. The only thing we want is to be considered its original, rather than the patchwork neither beginning nor end
ebog on Nov 6, 2013
Such douche. Not surprise. Wow.
DavideCoppola on Nov 6, 2013
What are you thinking Weinstein? 20 min CUTs ??? Are you SAMURAI ??? I think Sherlock Holmes cant enjoy this movie too because where's clues anyway? You think with shorter version , more people come to cinema S , more ticket , more $. RIGHT? NO , WRONG....MISTAKE...FALSE. You see that movie doesn't sold enough. Hell of mess plot. Are you EXPERIENCED? Do You Learn? If answer is YES , then don't do it again please. You know what I'm talking about? I'm talking about UNIQUE MOMENTS that can be happened but you guys ruin it. MAGICAL MOMENT for moviegoers. I'm talking about the dream of cinefilles that can be happened ONE TIME every year. JUST ONE TIME. We respect you and you know it , then you respect us either PLEASE.
Ehsan Davodi on Nov 6, 2013
Good job movie audiences.
si1ver on Nov 6, 2013
I'm seeing it tonight at the Rome Film Festival! I wonder what cut of the film will be premiering.
Jp Weppler on Nov 8, 2013
But, you just gotta ask. Why did CJ and Bong take the money from Weinstein and give away the edit clause in the first place? Why are they complaining now?
Yoda42 on Nov 11, 2013
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