Is sort of insane reading all of this nonsense between Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho and distributor The Weinstein Company, mostly because it’s critically acclaimed, and being celebrated worldwide.
If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Right?
That’s what I would think, which is why it’s so bizarre reading about the hell Joon-Ho is going through in an attempt to keep his vision on screen here in the States. Instead, The Weinstein Company wants to trim the film, add a voice-over explaining the situation to the “dummies”, and speed up the pace for the attention-deficient Americans.
Over the past few months we’ve been watching from the sidelines, praying that Joon-Ho gets to release his version, while also crossing our fingers and toes that the movie actually gets released. Some good news arrives out of the Mar del Plata Film Fest, where Joon-Ho tells THR that he may have won the war…
“I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter,” said the director. “And the good news is that after all the speculation and comments about that 20 minutes cut, and considering the original version that was released in Korea and France will also be released in Japan and Hong Kong, we now have been talking a lot about keeping the original cut for the U.S. release, so what I can say is … have faith.”
Starring Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Song Kang-ho, Ewen Bremner, Kenny Doughty, the film takes place in a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, and a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.