It’s not often that you hear a director bad mouthing his own movie before it opens States-side, but today comes one of those exceptions.
French helmer Matieu Kassovitz (“La Haine,” “Gothika”) tells AMCTV that didn’t have a very good time making “Babylon A.D.”, the Vin Diesel sci-fi thriller opening this week.
He tells the site that “I never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn’t respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience.”
Why did he do it then? “The scope of the original book was quite amazing. “The author was very much into geopolitics and how the world is going to evolve. He saw that as wars evolve, it won’t be just about territories any more, but money-driven politics. As a director it’s something that’s very attractive to do.”
Yet all that political subtext doesn’t show up in the final film – “It’s pure violence and stupidity. All the action scenes had a goal: They were supposed to be driven by either a metaphysical point of view or experience for the characters… instead parts of the movie are like a bad episode of 24.”
He places the blame squarely on distributor 20th Century Fox – “Fox was sending lawyers who were only looking at all the commas and the dots. They made everything difficult from A to Z.” What pushed him over the edge though was the re-editing of the film the studio did to bring it down to 93 minutes – “I should have chosen a studio that has guts. Fox was just trying to get a PG-13 movie. I’m ready to go to war against them, but I can’t because they don’t give a s–t.”