Snowpiercer Director Talks Cuts to North American Version of Film

The announcement that The Weinstein Company would be editing their upcoming release Snowpiercer has enraged many critics and fans around the world. Hoping to attract a wider audience, who they believe can’t understand the full film, The Weinstein Company were said to be cutting as much as 20 minutes from the film, but now it appears that may have changed slightly.

Director Bong Joon-ho spoke at a press conference in Korea yesterday and addressed the cuts as being very minor. Here’s his quote from Xin.MSN (via Bleeding Cool).

“I came here after editing for the American version. I’ve never produced a new version for overseas premieres, and this is the first time I’m making a new version. Weinstein is actually being pretty soft toward editing, probably because it’s noticed how critics have praised the film and know how angry movie fans get over new edits. They even asked me which parts I want to include in the film.”

The film, based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.
Chris Evans, Song Kangho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Brewmner, Alison Pill, John Hurt and Ed Harris star in the thriller. A North American release date has yet to be set.