Is Harvey Weinstein finally getting the message? Over the past few months, mostly internet based fury has centered around Bong Joon-ho's apocalyptic thriller "Snowpiercer," and Harvey Weinstein's wishes to take his cinematic switchblade to it. The director himself was said to be privately "furious" about having to cut his film, while Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and screenwriter Kelly Masterson have all expressed their varying degrees of dismay at the movie being potentially chopped up. But it seems this whole saga may have a happy ending.
Speaking at the Mar del Plata Film Festival this week (where he's unveiling a black-and-white version of "Mother"), Bong Joon-ho addressed the controversy around "Snowpiercer" by peppering it with hints that stateside fans won't have anything to worry about. “I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter,” the helmer explained. “And the good news is that after all the speculation and comments about that 20-minute cut, and considering the original version that was released in Korea and France also will be released in Japan and Hong Kong, we have been talking a lot about keeping the original cut for the U.S. release, so what I can say is…have faith.”
Indeed, one would have to imagine that Harvey can't ignore a few factors, starting with the fact that Bong Joon-ho's original cut tested higher than the Weinstein snipped version. The movie has been a massive theatrical success in France, the most successful Korean movie ever released in the country, coming only second in box office receipts to "Thor: The Dark World" when it hit theaters. And oh yeah, it also recently nabbed Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards. So whatever reasons Harvey might have about wanting to snip the movie are becoming a lot harder to justify.
So, let's hope this is all closer to getting resolved and we get a release date already. Because from what our man in London tells us, this one matches the hype. Check out new pics from the film (via Purple Snow) below.