We may know how to deep-fry a Twinkie and crash stock cars here in the good ol' United States, but word got out earlier this month that our Doritos-damaged brains couldn't absorb a complicated sci-fi narrative. With that notion, studio boss Harvey Weinstein threatened to release a special hacked-up version of Snowpiercer for dense American audiences, losing 20 minutes of the story.
Well, it seems the news was slightly exaggerated, and Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho has come to the studio's defense to calm our growing fears.
Here's what the South Korean director had to say about the movie-mangling matter at a press conference earlier this week:
"I came here after editing for the American version. I’ve never produced a new version for overseas premieres, and this is the first time I’m making a new version. Weinstein is actually being pretty soft toward editing, probably because it’s noticed how critics have praised the film and know how angry movie fans get over new edits. They even asked me which parts I want to include in the film."
Seems the enraged rumblings from the geek galaxy were heard and the mighty mogul has responded. We'll still have to wait for Snowpiercer's eventual American release before we see what we're being served up, but it appears the differences may be minimal. Derailment avoided? Maybe.
(Via Bleeding Cool)