South Korean director Joon-ho Bong and The Weinstein Company have come to an agreement on the release of Snowpiercer, which may be released in the U.S. later this year. The studio will now release the filmmaker's full two-and-a-half hour cut domestically, although in limited release.
Back in August, we reported that Harvey Weinstein demanded that the filmmaker cut at least 20 minutes from the movie, to make it more accessible for American audiences. Later that month, Joon-ho Bong revealed that the cuts Harvey Weinstein asked for were not as excessive as originally reported, although we still haven't heard anything about an American release of the sci-fi action drama until now. One of the director's stipulations in his contract with The Weinstein Company was that the movie would be given a wide release. Both parties compromised, with the original cut now being given a limited release with a roll out to additional markets. The studio has not issued a specific release date at this time.
The project is adapted from the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, which follows the survivors of a global ice age who are aboard a perpetual motion train known as the Snowpiercer, that travels around the world. After a class system evolves on the train, a revolution begins to brew. Chris Evans, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris star in the film, which marks Joon-ho Bong's English-language debut. Snowpiercer has already been released in South Korea, France, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Estonia, The Philippines, United Arab Emirates and Japan.