Last month, Harvey Weinstein spent some time explaining his positions regarding notorious Cannes opening film disaster “Grace Of Monaco” and the cult favorite “Snowpiercer” from director Bong Joon-ho. Both films’ directors spoke out against Weinstein’s insistence on making changes to their films (and as both movies illustrate, such changes can be good or very, very bad). Now another filmmaker claims Weinstein is meddling with his vision.
This isn’t the first time Jeunet has faced Harvey Scissorhands. He claims Weinstein wanted to make edits on 1991’s “Delicatessen,” but most notably, he blames him for “Amelie” not winning any of its five Oscar nominations (including Best Screenplay and Best Foreign Film) in 2002. Why? Because Weinstein’s reputation in Hollywood got in the way.
We had five Oscar nominations. But we were out of luck. That was the year that the Academy, tired of Weinstein’s vote-collecting “abuse”, decided to boycott his films. “We will not vote for Amélie”, wrote the American industry magazines. Whoopy [sic] Goldberg, president of the ceremony, spent the entire ceremony making fun of Weinstein. The result being, out of 19 nominations, he won only one Oscar.
For their part, the Weinstein Company told the Hollywood Reporter that ‘Spivet’ will be released in an unedited from this spring. “We think ‘T.S. Spivet’ is a beautiful, artistic film and a great family-friendly film. We did have some concerns over some of the scenes that, while they may be family-friendly in France, may not be seen that way in the U.S. But when Jean-Pierre and the producer said they wanted to leave those scenes in, we were 100 percent fine,” said a studio statement. “We worked with Jean-Pierre on ‘Amelie’ and have nothing but complete respect for his talent and artistic vision, and look forward to working with him on this film.”
All that said, there is no release date set and no U.S. trailer for the picture either. Meanwhile, Jeunet isn’t waiting around to see what happens. He’s moving ahead with “erotic” Amazon series “Casanova,” which he can rest assured will not involve Harvey Weinstein.