After months of complaints, concerns and wrangling over which cut would be released, The Weinstein Company has finally settled on date to release the agreed up director’s cut of Bong Joon-Ho‘s “Snowpiecer.” And just as they said, the caveat is that it will be going in limited release, instead of wide.
The studio’s VOD arm Radius is teaming up on the release that will see the snowbound apocalyptic tale land in theaters on June 27th — the same weekend as Michael Bay‘s behemoth “Transformers: Age Of Extinction.” So what does this mean? Well, did you see “Only God Forgives” last year at a theater near you or did you have to order it On Demand? That will likely determine whether or not you see this one of the big screen or in the comfort of your own home, as we can only imagine Radius will do a similar sized rollout for this one.
Having already opened overseas to critical acclaim and box office success, reviews have been strong with our own Oli Lyttelton declaring that any cuts “would be something close to vandalism.” However, Playlister Rodrigo Perez disagreed saying that Harvey Weinstein‘s suggestion to cut 20 minutes wasn’t entirely a bad idea, and could help tighten up the sometimes baggy and oddball movie. But you can judge for yourself this summer.
In other release date news: Jeremy Renner‘s “Kill The Messenger” has nabbed an awards friendly date of October 10th. Penned by Peter Landesman (“Parkland“), based on the books “Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion” by Gary Webb and Nick Schou’s “Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb” and featuring an all star-cast—Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead—the film will tell the true story of the reporter who detailed the C.I.A.’s connection to the crack cocaine trade, only to be smeared as a result, losing his job, falling into depression, and eventually leading to his suicide. Michael Cuesta (“Homeland,” “Dexter” and “Twelve And Holding” also featuring Renner) directs.