Well this was quite surprising news! And not just to be released, but a wide release too.
It will be interesting to hear how different Miiemass finds the film to be now, after actually having seen the Toronto version.
I read somewhere that they've added five scenes, but the film is still coming in 10 minutes shorter. That's indicative of pretty serious change, but The director's comments sound very positive! If the August release suggested is correct, though, they're not looking at it as an awards contender though.
For a long time I’ve wondered why I seem to be the only one who remembers the director telling us that they were still working on the film, and not to surprised if it looked different when it finally came out.
Then it occurred to me that the movies at TIFF are screened for the press separate from the screening I attended. The press screening would have been earlier, so maybe the director didn’t give them the “We’re still working on it” disclaimer. Maybe he saw the less-than-enthusiastic reaction of the critics and panicked and decided to make big changes, which he then told us about at the premiere.
Post by dreamsincolour on Apr 3, 2019 14:28:27 GMT
I remember reading the (early version) script and thinking that I didn't particularly like Tesla almost being comic relief. I'm not sure how that played out in the film before, but I'm not surprised his role was mentioned as having been tinkered with a bit. On the other hand, I know Tesla is a bit of a focus for some sillies on the internet who think he should be the focus of everything for everyone, so I hope extending his involvement wasn't just pandering to that.
Entertainment Film Distributors are delighted to announce that THE CURRENT WAR, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the great American inventor Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as his rival, revered entrepreneur, George Westinghouse, will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 26h July.
Fuelled by the intense rivalry between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, THE CURRENT WAR tells the dramatic story of the late 19th century race to light up America and power the world. Rounding out the cast are Nicholas Hoult as the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, Katherine Waterston as Westinghouse’s outspoken wife Marguerite, Tom Holland as Edison’s confident young secretary Samuel Insull, Matthew Macfadyen as the famous financier and banker J.P. Morgan, and Tuppence Middleton as Edison’s supportive wife Mary.
THE CURRENT WAR is produced by Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED) for Bazelevs Production and Basil Iwanyk (A STAR IS BORN) for Thunder Road Pictures. The films executive producers include Martin Scorsese (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, THE DEPARTED) and Steve Zaillian (SCHINDLER’S LIST, MONEYBALL).
101 Studios has now announced that the new cut will hit theaters in limited released on October 4th before opening wide on October 11th. I’m genuinely curious to see this new cut since I thought Gomez-Rejon did a great job in terms of the visuals, but the story was poorly told
I think it's positive to see critics who didn't liked the first cut having an open mind about the new one.
Now, two years later, the film has a set release date, according to its new distributor, 101 Studios. The Current War will hit select theaters on October 4, then more theaters on October 11—right in the thick of the upcoming awards season.
Deadline previously reported in April that 101 Studios had bought the rights for The Current War for about $3 million. Gomez-Rejon also re-edited the film, adding five new scenes and cutting about 10 minutes from its runtime. The end result is, presumably, fairly different from the version that showed at TIFF, where the film mostly disappointed critics.
After TWC’s bankruptcy, its assets were acquired by Lantern Capital, which rebranded TWC to Lantern Entertainment. The Current War was expected to be given a quick release—but thanks to some nifty contract work that required Scorsese (Gomez-Rejon’s longtime mentor) to sign off on the final cut, the film stayed in the vault. Per Gomez-Rejon, Scorsese blocked its release, allowing the Current War director to tinker with a new edit and shop the film around elsewhere.
“Marty called it a miracle, something that just never happens,” Gomez-Rejon told Deadline.
Soon, critics and audiences will get to decide for themselves what they think about the movie—especially now that it’s shaken off every last one of its Weinstein ties.