scriptedending (scriptedending) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

'The Current War' To Receive New Cut, Wide Release

- The Current War will finally receive a wide release this summer from upstart 101 Studios.
- The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult, and is about the battle to light the World's Fair and bring electricity to America.
- A rushed cut of the film premiered at TIFF in 2017, shortly before The Weinstein Company imploded, where it was poorly received. It was originally scheduled to come out Thanksgiving 2017, but was shelved after the collapse of TWC.
- Lantern Entertainment, which acquired TWC, wanted to do a quick release of the film overseas to make some money off the film, but was legally prevented from doing so because of a clause in executive producer Martin Scorsese's contract that required him to sign off on the release.
- Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has recut the film, adding five scenes but cutting down the overall runtime of the original edit. He knew the version that premiered at TIFF was not ready, and found it torturous to watch. Gomez-Rejon was absolutely thrilled to get the chance to make the changes he'd planning all along.
- 101 Studios paid $3 million for the rights to the film, which is looking at an August wide release.


Quite an interesting turn of events.
Tags: benedict cumberbatch, film - in development, film director, harvey weinstein, nicholas hoult
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