Despite coming in at a sizeable 135 minutes, actor-turned-filmmaker Bradley’s Cooper‘s acclaimed remake of “A Star Is Born” could be going even longer.
In a recent interview, the film’s director of photography Matthew Libatique spoke about how the project evolved over time, with at least five different cuts of the movie being made before it was done. He then suggests to The Film Stage that an extended cut could be on the way that would put some footage back into it:
“For me, I see an early cut, then see its evolution. Bradley was working on it – intensely working on it – to find a flow. It’s a rather long film because the music is in it. Things had to go so the music could take place; it couldn’t all exist at the same time.
We shot, probably, more movie than is in the movie because of that. I think, editorially, he really started to shave it down to the bare essence of what the love story was. And that’s really all he was doing – making sure that was his priority – and you have to make some really tough decisions. Some performances.
I think they’re actually doing a new cut, a director’s cut, and putting some stuff back in. I think there’s always the concern about length, but, for him, I think it was mostly the concern about, ‘When am I stepping outside the forward narrative of this love story, and when am I stepping outside the idea that you have one character ascending, another descending.’ I think that’s all he was doing when doing different cuts, is trying to find that soul.”
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has yet to make any comment about the possibility of another cut of the film, and Cooper has made no mention of one in interviews.