Sunday, November 30, 2014
While it's true that William Goldenberg was brought in to do additional edits, the issue may have just been the film's length since it was earlier reported to be around 140 mins and the final cut is 133 + credits.
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Angelina Jolie’s Oscar contender, “Unbroken,” will screen for media and other VIPs this week — but sources tell Page Six that the film they’ll see will be Universal’s cut after she turned in a version of the movie that was deemed “too arthouse.”
“Unbroken” follows the true story of American Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who later became a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp.
The film has screened in Australia and the UK and will be unveiled in New York this week, including a Tuesday screening at MoMA followed by a Q&A with director Jolie and her cast as part of the museum’s The Contenders series.
The film is perhaps the last potential major Oscar contender yet to be shown. But a source says the finished work is different than the one Jolie handed in to Universal as her director’s cut.
While a rare few top-tier directors get the privilege of “final cut,” it’s increasingly rare — particularly on big-budget studio releases.
“Universal re-edited her movie, because it was too arthouse,” a Hollywood insider said. “They took control and edited it into a more commercial movie.”
It’s Jolie’s second major directorial work after her 2011 indie film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” She’s moved to another Universal project, “By the Sea,” starring her and hubby Brad Pitt.
Zamperini — whose bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean in World War II and who survived 47 days at sea followed by years of abuse as a POW — died in July at 97. “Unbroken” is to be released on Christmas Day.
“A lot of people tried to make his life story into a movie,” said a source. “This has been a real passion project for Angelina. Her cut was intense and dark in some places. But the studio wants the movie to be a commercial success, so took control of the final cut and re-edited it. Jolie can’t have been happy about it, but she is proud of the movie and let the studio make the changes it needed to.”
While a rep for Jolie couldn’t be reached, a Universal spokesperson said, “It is patently untrue.”
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