“Snowpiercer” To Be Dumbed Down For American Audience?

August 6, 2013

Film critic Tony Rayns attended the July 29th Seoul premiere of SNOWPIERCER and discovered that producer Harvey Weinstein plans to re-edit the film for U.S. audiences. Why? Because apparently the Midwest is full of idiots.

“TWC people have told Bong that their aim is to make sure the film ‘will be understood by audiences in Iowa … and Oklahoma.'” 

Basically, they think that section of the U.S. is too dumb to grasp certain elements of the movie.

“Leaving aside the issue of what Weinstein thinks of its audience, it seems to say the least anomalous that the rest of the English-speaking world has to be dragged down to the presumed level of American mid-west hicks.”

According to director Bong Joon-ho, the majority of the cuts would come “in the form of character detail”, turning what is a deep and thought provoking sci-fi film into an action movie.

Voiceovers will also be added to the opening and closing of the film. Rayns reckons the UK will be protesting the cuts and he hopes that Australia will follow suit, but it’s unlikely that American audiences will escape Harvey Weinstein’s dumbed down version of Snowpierecer.

Snowpiercer is a South Korean/American/French sci-fi action thriller film based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.
The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho, and co-written by Bong and Kelly Masterson.

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