Based on an interview Kelly gave Entertainment Weekly, it sounds like Universal's solution to what has suddenly become a major problem might just be a whole lot of editing. According to Kelly, he still has no idea if the film will be released in the US, but he's heard talk of major cuts: "Potentially it could be shown with almost an hour of it missing. I don't quite know what [the resulting] film is." Hmm. While it's always fun to talk about all the movies studios ruin when they try to make them "better," one wonders if Kelly really would rather his film never play on American screens than go under the knife. I mean, it's not as if his seven hour (or whatever) preferred cut won't be instantly released in a costly, elaborate DVD edition.
As a Kelly neutral, I'd actually be interested in getting to compare Kelly's vision (which, apart from himself, no one really seems to get) with what a more traditional editor -- interested in nothing at all beyond story and clarity -- would do with the material.
[via Film Stalker]