While even the mere suggestion that a film will be re-edited, cut or tweaked for theaters sends up a reactive, pearl-clutching shock from cinephiles, it's not uncommon. David Lowery snipped 10 minutes of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" from his Sundance cut before it opened in theaters last week, and even the forthcoming "Una Noche" has gone through some slight revisions before its impending arrival this weekend. Granted, those are not quite as potentially altering as the rumored changes requested of Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer," nor the 36 minutes of footage removed from "Mood Indigo." But it's a good reminder that sometimes, even directors know their films need a second look.
While it was reported a couple days ago that Michel Gondry's latest was undergoing a serious revision for international audiences, it wasn't quite clear what his involvement was in this new cut. But the Brisbane Times clarifies that Gondry has gone back to the cutting room with editor Tariq Anwar ("The King's Speech," "American Beauty"), who takes over from previous cutter Marie-Charlotte Moreau, to fashion this cut. As previously reported, this version is "a VERY different film experience" and a looser take on the Boris Vian novel on which the movie is based.
Still no word on a U.S. distributor or release date, but rest assured whatever changes happened with the film, Gondry has had input all the way.