Going into production in 1989, the film cast Matt Salinger in the lead (Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Val Kilmer were considered at various points), and the film was supposed to be a big budget spectacle for 21st Century Film Corporation. But when the financiers pulled funding just as cameras started rolling, the result was a low-grade mess that tested poorly and was ultimately taken out Pyun's hands, re-edited and dumped onto home video to be forgotten. Until now.
Speaking with io9 Pyun reveals that hot off the heels of his director's cut of "Cyborg" (details on that here), he's got his final version of "Captain America" ready to go. Now running 124 minutes instead of 97 minutes, and based on his "own 35 mm CA work picture and temp mix" before he was booted, the new cut has "a few added scenes, and is more character-oriented and less 'super hero action'" (not really sure how that last thing is a selling point, but whatever). It will arrive on BluRay in May, screen at the Fantasia Film Festival in July and B Movie Celebration in September.
We're not sure any added amount of footage can make up how this movie fails on every conceivable level, but at least Pyun is getting it out there in the best version he could've made given the resources he had at the time. For details on the release you can send an email here.
Last but not least "Entertainment Tonight" -- your favorite show -- has unveiled some teaser footage of longer footage (get that?) from the new "Captain America" film later today. Marvel has also released a new "Captain America: The First Avenger" photo of Chris Evans looking for his puppy in rubble. [Splashpage]