‘Snowpiercer’ U.S. Release Set for Summer 2014

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Last month, we finally learned which version of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer we’d be seeing in theaters. Now we also know when we’re going to see it. The Weinstein Co. have set a summer 2014 release date for the chilly sci-fi actioner, which had its world premiere in South Korea last summer. Hit the jump for more details on the rollout.

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The exhausting back-and-forth between Bong Joon-ho and The Weinstein Company over the final U.S. / U.K. cut of Snowpiercer has finally come to an end. Bong’s acclaimed sci-fi thriller will come to the States in its full, uncut glory, just as the director had wanted. The catch? It’s now getting a limited release instead of a wide one. Hit the jump for more details on the truce.

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‘Snowpiercer’ International Trailer: “Is It Time?”

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After several months, the battle between Bong Joon-ho and The Weinstein Company over the U.S. release of Snowpiercer remains unresolved. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess when Stateside audiences will finally get to see the film, or what shape it’ll be in when it gets there. But folks in other countries have been luckier, and today we have a new trailer from Japan that shows a bit of new footage. Check it out after the jump.

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For the past four months, we’ve been getting worrisome reports about what U.S. distributor The Weinstein Co. is doing to Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer. The Weinsteins wanted to chop up the movie, despite great reviews from Korea and France, because they were afraid that “audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma” wouldn’t get it. While the director initially assured press that the cuts were “pretty soft,” he’s since become more vocal about his displeasure.

Today, the most detailed report yet reveals a bit more about the behind-the-scenes struggle between the director and the distributor. Among other things, the Weinsteins blocked the film from playing on the fall festival circuit, and suggested to Bong that he add bookending voiceovers penned by Neil Gaiman. Hit the jump for the latest on this battle.

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Briefly: We have no idea when we’ll see Bong Joon-ho‘s film Snowpiercer in the US, or what form the film will be in when we do get the chance. But now English readers will have a chance to dig into the original version of the story.

The French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, written by Jacques Lob and Benjamin Legrand, and illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, provided the inspiration for the film, but the book has not ever been published in an English translation. That changes early next year, when a two-volume translation will arrive from Titan Comics. Volume 1: The Escape is set to street on Jan. 29, 2014, and Volume 2: The Explorers will be available on Feb. 25, 2014. Presumably there will be a one-volume collection down the line, likely with a few extra bits, but for now we know only of these two volumes.

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Not only do American audiences not know when we’ll get to see Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, we don’t even know what form it’ll be in when we do. Back in August, word got out that U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company was cutting 20 minutes out of the film. Bong initially seemed pretty chill about the whole thing, but then other reports indicated that he was actually quite furious in private.

As of now, the struggle between Bong and the Weinsteins over the final cut is “still going on,” according to the director. And the director is willing to fight for his vision, claiming that his version has actually fared better with test audiences in the States than the Weinsteins’ shorter cut did. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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When it was first reported that The Weinstein Company planned to cut roughtly 20 minutes out of Bong Joon-ho‘s South Korean blockbuster Snowpiercer, the director seemed pretty sanguine about the whole affair. He was said to be working with Harvey Scissorhands to get the edits done, even though he point of the cuts was reportedly to trim character moments and turn the movie into more of a straight-ahead action movie, not unlike the changes that were made to Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster for it’s own US debut.

Turns out that the director might not be so happy with the idea of the edits. After a recent screening of the film at the Busan Film Festival, Bong said there wouldn’t be another chance for American, British, and Australian viewers to see the director’s cut. Publicly, he’s been relatively supportive, but privately he’s said to be “furious” with the changes.  Read More »

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South Korean director Bong Joon-ho has, by many accounts, created a heck of a film in Snowpiercer, which tells the story of class warfare and revolution on a train that speeds the last remnants of humanity through a snowy post-apocalyptic landscape. Chris Evans leads a cast that also features  John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung. The film broke box-office records in South Korea when released earlier this year, and is now rolling out to other countries.

So when will we see Snowpiercer in the US? Good question. The Weinstein Company owns distribution rights, and has yet to set a date. Another question might be when we’ll see the original international cut, which has been shortened for the US release — that one really remains up in the air.

For the time being we’ll have to be content with trailers from around the world. The latest comes from France, and it’s a terrific look at the film. Check it out below. Read More »

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