Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt and Ed Harris star in Bong Joon-ho‘s sci-fi actioner. Snowpiercer, which will open the Los Angeles Film Festival next month, is set in postapocalyptic ice age that forces humanity’s last survivors aboard a globe-spanning super train. One man risks everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world. The film spurred a spat between its director and Harvey Weinstein over length and pacing, but a truce was struck: The director’s cut — which ran 2 1/2 hours-plus — was kept intact, but it will get a platform release rather than opening wide. Written by Bong and Kelly Masterson, Snowpiercer opens June 27 via Radius-TWC: Here’s the trailer:
Radius-TWC‘s sci-fi pic Snowpiercer has been tapped as the opening-night film at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 11. The pic opens in the U.S. on June 27. LAFF’s full lineup of nearly 200 films will be unveiled May 6. The pic from Korean helmer Bong Joon-ho already has opened in territories including China and earned $3.88M on its first day in Korea. Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell and John Hurt star in the movie, which takes place in a postapocalyptic society on a train that never stops. This one has an interesting past. The Weinstein Company bought U.S. rights on the movie back in 2012 at AFM on the basis of a script and some sample footage. A wide release was in the contract until Bong turned in a cut of just beyond 2 1/2 hours, and a battle ensued before a truce was made: Bong kept the length of his action film, but instead of a wide release, it will be a platform release with a rollout. Check out the trailer here.
EXCLUSIVE: A disagreement between filmmaker and distributor Harvey Weinstein over length and pacing of the Bong Joon-Ho helmed Snowpiercer has been resolved, I hear. Weinstein bought U.S. rights on the movie back in 2012 AFM on the basis of script and some sample footage. A wide release was in the contract, until the director turned in a cut of just beyond two and one-half hours. The truce is basically that the director keeps the length of his action film but instead of a wide release, it will be a platform release with a roll out. I am told the picture is not being dumped. The film, which stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer, has done well in Korea and France and has gotten strong reviews. This is the hard part about the kind of buying that is taking place right now in Berlin, where distributors are making decisions based on scripts and sizzle reels, if they’re lucky. When the movie doesn’t deliver what the agents promised, this kind of give and take is inevitable.
Here’s the trailer. Looks pretty crazy: