Over the past several months, there’s been controversy regarding the North American cut of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer. The post-apocalyptic action-drama has been a hit in his native South Korea, but The Weinstein Company wants to remove 20-minutes to make the movie more palatable to U.S. audiences. Bong’s response has ranged from restrained to furious regarding the cuts, but either way, there’s definitely some ongoing conflict behind-the-scenes. We originally reported that the cuts Harvey Weinstein wanted would play up the action and add opening and closing voiceovers. Bong has now clarified the nature of the cuts, and why his version may have the edge.
Hit the jump for more. Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung.
A French trailer has been released for Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, and it provides our best look at the movie yet. The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet. The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train. This trailer provides not only a clearer picture of the plot, but also tons of visual effects we haven’t seen before. It also has Alison Pill firing an automatic weapon, so that’s fun too. Overall, Snowpiercer looks like an exhilarating ride, but we’ll have to see if we get the original South Korean cut or a shorter, dumbed-down version The Weinstein Company wants for U.S. distribution.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer currently does not have a U.S. release date. The film premiered in Bong’s native South Korea last month, and was a big hit at the box office.
Check out a selection of new posters from the following films:
- Thor: The Dark World – Alan Taylor’s Marvel follow-up starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander, Stellan Skarsgård, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Christopher Eccleston opens November 8th.
- Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho’s futuristic thriller starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner,Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung does not yet have a U.S. release date.
- The Book Thief – Brian Percival’s book adaptation starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Ben Schnetzer, opens November 15th.
- 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen’s biographical drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt opens October 18th.
- Ender’s Game – Gavin Hood’s sci-fi novel adaptation starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford, opens November 1st.
- Homefront - From writer Sylvester Stallone, adapted from the Chuck Logan novel, director Gary Fleder’s action thriller stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Clancy Brown, Frank Grillo and Rachelle Lefevre, and opens November 27th.
Hit the jump to view the posters and synopses.
A few weeks ago, we reported that U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company was forcing director Bong Joon-ho to trim twenty minutes out of his hit South Korean film, Snowpiercer, to make it more palatable to U.S. audiences. It was an insult to both to Bong and to us especially since Snowpiercer may be a smart movie (I don’t know, I haven’t seen it), but at the very least, Americans should be able to understand the premise of a train traveling through a frozen, post-apocalyptic wasteland, and there’s a revolution brewing among the poorer passengers. Nevertheless, Harvey Weinstein wants twenty minutes gone and opening and closing voiceovers.
Bong was recently reached for comment on the forced edits. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
South Korea has definitely taken a page from us when it comes to a marketing onslaught. With Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, it’s not too surprising when you consider that it’s the most expensive movie in the country’s history. This marketing blitz has paid off with the movie breaking South Korea’s box office records. Today, three mini-featurettes have found their way online, and they all highlight the action that Harvey Weinstein probably wants in his slimmed down, U.S. version of the movie. The featurettes focus on the characters played Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, and Tilda Swinton. Kang-ho’s featurette isn’t translated to English, but it still contains some nice footage of his character.
Hit the jump to check out the featurettes, and click here for Steve’s interview with Evans where the actor talks about Weinstein’s controversial decision to cut twenty minutes from the movie. The film also stars John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer currently doesn’t have a U.S. release date.
A few days ago at D23, I landed an extended video interview with Chris Evans. Since we covered so many subjects, I broke it up into two parts. In part one, which you can watch here, Evans talked about making Captain America: The Winter Solider, what the film is about, how it continues the love story from the first film, what it means for him to have the entire planet watching Marvel movies, if Joss Whedon has told him anything about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Tom Hiddleston appearing as Loki at Comic-Con.
In part two, which is after the jump, Evans talks about his directorial debut 1:30 Train and what it’s about, revealing he hasn’t yet cast the female lead but filming is set to begin November 1st. In addition, Evans talks about Dunkin Donuts finally coming back to L.A. (we’re both from New England where they are on every corner), and the recent news that The Weinstein Company might be cutting Bong Joon-ho‘s post-apocalyptic thriller, Snowpiercer, for American audiences. While he’s careful about not saying the wrong thing, I didn’t hold back on what I thought and I think you’ll enjoy seeing his reaction.
I’ve been really looking forward to Bong Joon-ho‘s post-apocalyptic thriller, Snowpiercer, but I guess I’ll have to wait to see his original cut. Even though the movie is a hit in Bong’s native South Korea, The Weinstein Company is handling distribution in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. According to if.com.au, “Weinstein is demanding Bong slash the 126-minute running time by 20 minutes for the version to be released in TWC’s territories,” to which Bong responded that the cuts “would eliminate much of the character detail, which would make the film seem more like an action movie. Weinstein is also adding opening and closing voice-overs.”
Hit the jump for more. The film stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Ko Asung, and Kang-ho Song. Snowpiercer currently doesn’t have a U.S. release date.
Give me a futuristic science fiction premise and a stylish director, and I’m a happy moviegoer. By the looks of it, Bong Joon-ho (The Host) delivers with Snowpiercer—and adds a nice cast to boot: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, Ko Asung.
The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet. The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train. You’ll have to take my word on the story, because the brief 47-second clip—labeled “Final Trailer” in the week leading up to the August 1 release in South Korea—focuses more on speedy train rides through a snowy mountain landscape and Evans axing a few passengers than class politics. Still looks great. No word on the U.S. release date yet, so stay tuned. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming thriller Snowpiercer takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where the eponymous train travels through an ice age. An animated prequel short has been released explaining how the world came to the ice because of a disasterous attempt to end global warming through the use of a specialized rocket. If you can get past the sillier moments of the short (namely, an unseen news reporter yelling, “Good-bye, global warming!”), you’ll see a violent turn of events as people fight to get on the train. The character “Yona”, who is played in the film by Ko Asung, narrates the short. Snowpiercer picks up with the train divided into classes with the underclass planning to stage an uprising against the upper class. I’m curious to see if Bong’s film is as violent the short.
Hit the jump to check out the video. The live-action feature also stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, and Kang-ho Song. Snowpiercer opens in South Korean on August 1st. No U.S. release date has been announced.
A couple days ago, we got some cool images from Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, which showcased the film’s setting, a post-apocalyptic train divided into classes. A new trailer has been released highlighting the revolution the lower classes are bringing against the passengers at the front, and there are also new images and six new featurettes that take us even deeper into the movie. They provide interviews with the actors, Bong, and the South Korean crew members. Unfortunately, only the interviews with the English-speaking actors are in English—there are no English subtitles for the Korean speakers. However, these featurettes are still worth watching, and one of them gives us our first look at Alison Pill, who we hadn’t seen in either posters or passports. We learn that she plays a teacher in one of the upper classes of the train.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and featurettes. The film also stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer opens in South Korean on August 1st. No U.S. release date has been announced.
When new images are released for a film, they almost always contain the stars, and that’s been true thus far for Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer. But a new batch of images have landed online, and they take the interesting approach of mostly putting the stars aside to focus on the unnamed passengers who struggle with the class system implemented on the post-apocalyptic train. It’s a fascinating look that we usually only see in concept art, and then is quickly forgotten when the finished product is marketed to the masses. But looking at these images, I wish more movies would take this approach because I’m fascinated to see how Bong has taken a shantytown look and then redesigned it to fit inside boxcars.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer opens August 1st in South Korea; no U.S. release date has been announced.
I have mixed feelings about the fall festival season. On the one hand, I love going to the Toronto International Film Festival (very well-run and great venues), and getting a jump on the awards season movies because a fair share of them are going to be damn good. On the other hand, there’s less room for the joyful discovery I’ll find at Sundance, SXSW, and Fantastic Fest. Nevertheless, studios like to begin their awards season maneuvering in the fall, and that usually starts at the Venice Film Festival, and then those films then move on to Telluride and TIFF. Variety has begun their predictions for what they believe will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Among the predictions are Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama Gravity, Paul Greengrass‘ Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, and Steve McQueen‘s star-studded Twelve Years a Slave. The only confirmed title thus far is Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons, which isn’t particularly noteworthy since it will debut on VOD in the U.S. weeks before.
Hit the jump for more films that might show up at Venice this year. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
The first trailer has been released for Bong Joon-ho‘s sci-fi thriller, Snowpiercer. The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet. The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train. The trailer showcases a lot more action than I was expecting as the lower-classes, led by Chris Evans‘ character, attempt a revolution by taking control of the train’s engines. It looks exciting, although I had some difficulty making out Tilda Swinton‘s dialogue partly because of the character’s accent and partly because of the heavy, operatic trailer music.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars The film also stars John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer opens on August 1st in South Korea, but no U.S. release date has been announced yet.
[This is a re-post of my interview from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. While I rarely re-post interviews, this was one of my favorite interviews of 2012 and with the movie now playing in limited release, I decided it was worth another post.]
Every once in awhile you land an interview that you can’t wait to share. The one you’re about to watch with Chris Evans is one of those. At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I got to sit down with Evans for over twenty minutes (we were scheduled for a lot less) to talk about his great work in director Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman. As you can see in the trailer, Evans plays a killer and is nearly unrecognizable in dirty long hair as Richard Kuklinski’s (Michael Shannon) friend and partner.
I’ve spoken to Evans a lot over the years, and one of the things I love about him is his honesty and willingness to talk about everything. If you ask him a question about his career, or even his contract with Marvel, he’ll talk about it. Most actors will try and deflect the question, or give a politician’s answer. That’s not how Evans operates and it’s very refreshing. So besides talking about The Iceman and working with Michael Shannon, Evans talked about how his career has blown up, the intricacies of his Marvel contract, the business of Hollywood, playing a critical character of the Marvel universe, Captain America 2 (Captain America: The Winter Solider), whether he knows anything about Captain America 3, the success of The Avengers, Joss Whedon, Thor 2, Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, the greatness of Hayley Atwell, his upcoming anti-romantic comedy A Many Splintered Thing with Michelle Monaghan, and so much more. Hit the jump for more.
Over the last several months, we’ve been getting glimpses of Bong Joon-ho‘s upcoming sci-fi film, Snowpiercer. Today, the first footage has been released via an international behind-the-scenes featurette. The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet. The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train. The featurette is dubbed in Korean (or at least I assume it’s Korean since Joon-ho is South Korean), but you can still see that there’s going to be some action involved, especially on the part of an axe-wielding Chris Evans.
Hit the jump to check out the footage. The film also stars John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung.