This is yet another example of why great foreign filmmakers should heed the call of Hollywood. I don't know if it is always the language-barrier problem, which supposedly made Jeunet's shooting of Alien: Resurrection difficult, or if it is that the studio way is hard to adjust to. Sure, for every Matthieu Kassovitz there is a Fernando Meirelles, and looking back through film history we see a plethora of great successes who transplanted well into Hollywood, but too often there comes another director not suited for the system. I bet that the original ending is pretty interesting, if not thrilling enough for a mass audience. After all, the ending to The Downfall was done extremely well --- and I don't mean story-wise, because obviously an ending with Hitler's death is a good ending.
This can't a great time for Hirschbiegel. Claudie Bobsin, who was his costume designer, just died of cancer. His breakthrough film, Das Experiment, is being made somewhat obsolete by a Hollywood remake. And now, his English-language debut is going through the old U.S. b.s. machine. Take my advice, foreign directors, don't come to America unless you are confident that you will beat the studio control. http://blog.moviefone.com/2006/11/01/speed-racer-still-on-track/