StudioCanal has launched a worldwide appeal to retrieve original missing film materials for Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror classic "The Wicker Man." They want to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary by restoring and release the most complete definitive version possible of the film, which was initially released on a double bill with "Don't Look Now." That release cut was significantly shorter than director Hardy's original vision. The negatives disappeared from storage at Shepperton Studios, and were allegedly used as landfill in the construction of the nearby M4 motorway, and have been deemed lost.
The appeal is to film collectors, historians, programmers and fans to come forward with any information relating to whereabouts of those original materials. "I never thought that, after forty years, they would still be finding lost fragments of my film," says Hardy. "We thought all of 'The Wicker Man' had gone up in flames, but fragments keep turning up and the hunt goes on!"
Check out the Facebook page, created to serve as a forum for the ongoing search.
More details about the history of the various cuts of the film are below.