It’s taken this side of a year, but it’s finally happened — the ambitious South Korean sci-fi flick Snowpiercer finally has a release date. For sci-fi fans, it should be a familiar one.
The Weinstein Company picked up the U.S. theatrical rights to the film last year and has spent every day since duking it out with director Bong Joon-Ho about the final cut. Joon-Ho’s original edit has garnered a fair bit of acclaim, but Weinstein wanted to slice 20+ minutes for an “action cut” they thought would better appeal to stateside audiences.
Joon-Ho finally prevailed last month, though part of the compromise had the release cut down to a limited opening — meaning they’ll roll it out slowly in major markets to see how it does before potentially expanding to more cities and states, watching to see if it performs well early. Well, now we finally know when major U.S. markets will get a peek at the film: June 27, which is the same weekend as Michael Bay’s latest explosion-filled extravaganza Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Admittedly, you’d have to think the two will have a fairly different target audience, but you have to wonder what kind of impact Transformers will have on Joon-Ho’s magnum opus about humanity’s last survivors battling the elements and class warfare on a gigantic train. The latest installment in the Transformers saga is expected to be a box-office juggernaut, and there’s always the possibility it’ll bury Snowpiercer under a mountain of Dino-Bots and Wahlberg-iness.
So do us all a favor and check this one out if you’re lucky enough to have it open locally, so this film might actually get a shot at a wider release.