This back and forth is about an insane as Bill Murray’s involvement in Ghostbusters 3. Personally, I just wanna ride Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer as soon as possible, and all of this finagling can’t be good for the movie (I think over-tinkering can ruin a movie).
Vulture is the latest to ask Joon-Ho about the now-infamous new edit being demanded by the Weinstein brothers. Only, this interview was conducted with Harvey also celebrating Tilda Swinton at the Museum of Modern Art’s Film Benefit Tuesday night. Speaking behind someone’s back is very different than doing it when they’re right next to you…
So what’s the latest? Well, he tells Vulture that his film is now a “work in progress” and talks about tone versus the film’s expected R-rating.
“It’s a matter of tempo,” Bong told the site. “They think of the movie as a R-rated movie, so it’s not a matter of violence, some carnage or something. It’s just a matter of duration and tempo and speed. There’s no set number of required minutes to be cut, or anything like that. We’re just playing with it, and they let us choose.”
In addition to cutting some scenes, Weinstein wants the film to have a voice-over at the end of the film. Explains the site, in the original script, voice-over narration from one child character kicks off the film, and a voice-over narration from a separate child provides the ending. “Originally, in the very first script, an Asian girl was the beginning part,” Bong said. “And the very last part of the movie was a black boy. But during the production, I deleted it, because I didn’t think it was necessary. That was before Harvey saw the movie. That was before Harvey picked up this movie.”
What’s even more interesting is that the Weinstein Company attempted various test screenings, all of which allegedly came in the favor of Joon-Ho.
Explains Vulture, when Weinstein tested a cut-down rough version in July in New Jersey, they did another test screening, with the director’s cut, and the score for his own cut “was much higher.” “I understand their situation, their point of view,” Bong said. “They want to make it easier for the audience to understand the ending. But at the same time, I love a little bit more ambiguity.”
Negotiations are continuing, Bong said, and he’s confident that with the reviews, the box office support, and the test screening results, “the U.S. [release] is going to play out smoothly.”