As I have said a few times, one of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Vincenzo Natali’s Splice. Starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as genetic scientists that create a new life form with severe consequences, the film is original, dark, twisted, and it looks like a Hollywood produced film. And that’s probably the reason producer Joel Silver picked up the movie through his Dark Castle label and is going to release it through WB this summer.
But it looks like the version I saw at Sundance is getting at least a small makeover, as Fangoria spoke to Natali today and he told them he’s making a few alterations mandated by WB:
“You’re going to see a slightly nipped-and-tucked version. I’m actually going into the editing room next week, and if they’re true to their word, it’s just going to be cosmetic. It really comes down to Joel. He loves the movie and actually enjoys the parts that would scare most producers away. He’s being very courageous releasing this. There are also a few things I’m changing after seeing the film with an audience. I believe what will come out of it will be a new and improved cut, but in essence, it’ll be the same film.”
Without revealing too much, I’ll tell you the last act is pretty awesome and I can see how it might frighten a studio. As long as his edits are not changing the storyline and are just “cosmetic”, I’m cool. But if he’s forced to neuter his film, I’ll be pissed. More as I hear it.