For over a
year, there has been a battle between Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Mother)
and The Weinstein Company over his latest
film, the futuristic action move Snowpiercer
starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton,
Ed Harris, John Hurt and Octavia
has long history of tinkering with director’s films after they have picked them
up for distribution, acquired the U.S. distrib rights for the film two years
ago, after reading the script and seeing some footage.
The film was
released in Asia and Europe in the last summer to rave reviews, but TWC balked at
opening the film here until the film’s lengthy running time was cut to what
they considered a more manageable length.
refused which resulted in stalemate, but now the issue has, thankfully, been resolved. The film will keep its original
length, but instead of a wide theatrical release, it will get a platform release
with a city by city roll-out and an eventual VOD release.
It’s not perfect,
but better this way than to see a butchered version of Bong’s original concept, which
deals with a “future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on
the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels
around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.”
trailer does look pretty enticing: