DEAUVILLE, France – Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho shot down rumors of a reported 20-minute cut to the film for American audiences, saying nothing has been decided at this point.
“Actually, it’s not true. It’s a rumor,” he said at a press conference preceding the French premiere at the American Film Festival here.
The Weinstein Co., which holds the North American rights to the dystopian thriller, has been holding off on announcing a release date for the South Korean film, which broke-box office records in that country.
“Me and The Weinstein Company are still negotiating about everything,” the director said. “The movie at the festival — the French version — is my own director’s cut. Korea, Japan, France and many other European countries have all bought my director’s cut. And for North America we are still negotiating with The Weinstein Company, we are discussing.”
The international co-production boasts an A-list cast including Oscar winners Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jamie Bell and Chris Evans.
“There’s no question that all English-speaking audiences deserve to see director Bong’s cut, and we hope very much that we will all see it,” said Swinton, who is also at the festival for the film’s premiere.
“Maybe an effect of the film, it just occurred to me, is that when one has spent two hours in the claustrophobia of this train, we can leave the cinema and feel the relief that we can make life wider, so maybe it’s a sort of aversion therapy to sit in the train for two hours,” she added, reflecting on the intensity of the film.
But, she pointedly added: “That’s two hours — not one hour and 40 minutes.”