Bong Joon-ho Discusses American Version Of “Snowpiercer”

September 1, 2013

At the beginning of August, it was reported that The Weinstein Company was planning to re-edit Bong Joon-ho’s new film, SNOWPIERCER, to “dumb it down” a bit for American audiences.

The film is a post-apocalyptic thriller that takes place in a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most of the life on the planet, and a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.

Bong Joon-ho was interviewed by MSN about the edits made for the American version.

I came here after editing for the American version,” he said. “I’ve never produced a new version for overseas premieres, and this is the first time I’m making a new version.

However, he promises the new version won’t be too different.

Weinstein is actually being pretty soft toward editing, probably because it’s noticed how critics have praised the film and know how angry movie fans get over new edits. They even asked me which parts I want to include in the film,” he said.

Snowpiercer was sold to a total of 167 countries even before its initial premiere, and is soon expected to pass the 9 million mark in Korea.

Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, and Tilda Swinton all star.

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