3 items from 2013
Directed by Guillermo Del Toro
In his review of The Grandmaster, Josh Spiegel notes that the American cut of Wong Kar-Wai’s new film “never stops letting its audience know that a fuller cut exists.” The blame for those missing 20 minutes appears to rest squarely on the shoulders of Harvey Weinstein, studio executive and co-founder of The Weinstein Company. While behind-the-scenes details of The Grandmaster aren’t entirely clear, Mr. Weinstein has already established an extensive history of providing his editorial input on films, even when the directors don’t necessarily want it.
Earlier this year, Weinstein was met with criticism at the possibility of his shortening Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer as well. Weinstein’s meddling goes well beyond 2013, however, but back to his tenure at Miramax, which, in 1997, released Mimic, a monster film from a still green Guillermo Del Toro. »
- David Klein
The Invasion 2007
The fourth and latest film to be made from Finny’s story takes the pod people and plops them right into post-9/11 America. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and written by Dave Kajganich, The Invasion follows psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman), whose ex-husband Cdc director Tucker Kaufman (Jeremy Northam) is infected with a fungus that controls their host while investigating a space shuttle that has crash landed on Earth. Carol’s first inkling that something is wrong is when one of her patients, Wendy Lenk (Veronica Cartwright), claims that her husband has “changed”. Carol’s son, Oliver (Jackson Bond), then finds a strange spore while at a neighbor’s kid’s party. Thinking it might be related to the recent spate of flu outbreaks that have been reported on the news, she sends the sample to Doctor Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) to have a closer look. Ben finds out »
- Andrew Perez
Feature Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 16 Jul 2013 - 07:16
The path from screenplay page to cinema screen is seldom a straight one, and it's frequently the case that a movie can change quite a lot during the process of production. Now and again, though, history throws out examples of movies that could have ended very differently.
For numerous reasons, the films featured here were all rewritten or reworked before they arrived in cinemas. Some endings were changed due to budget constraints. Others were down to the concerns of studio bosses.
In this selection, we've gone for endings that were written or storyboarded, but never shot in their entirety - last year, Nick brought us an exhaustive tour through 50 alternate endings, many of which were actually put before a camera.
With this in mind, »
3 items from 2013
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