According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox will release theatrically a director's cut of Ridley Scott's Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven on Friday, the studio said Thursday.
The film, which centers on a young Frenchman (Orlando Bloom) who discovers his destiny as a knight amid the clash between Muslims and Christians over the Holy Land a millennium ago, will unspool exclusively at the Laemmle Fairfax Theatre in Los Angeles.
For the new cut, Scott added 45 minutes to the original release's 145-minute running time. "With his new director's cut, Ridley Scott has brought an exciting new dimension to 'Kingdom of Heaven,' " Fox president of domestic distribution Bruce Snyder said. "We're delighted to bring this new version of the film to the big screen, where it belongs."