After rave reviews ahead of its Korean release a while back, Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” suffered a bit of bad press when word came that Harvey Weinstein demanded the director cut up to 20 minutes of character scenes out of the film.
Now, Bong has addressed the edits at a press conference and downplayed the talk of the cuts:
“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.”
There’s still no word on a runtime for the American cut, or a release date in the United States.
Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, Alison Pill, Jamie Bell and Ed Harris star in the project which is set aboard a perpetual motion train carrying the last survivors of a global ice age that decimated the planet.