CATEGORIES Action, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, RumorMonger, 20th Century Fox, DIY/Filmmaking, Movie News, CinematicalIs it just me, or does it seem like Vin Diesel can't catch a break when it comes to sci-fi movies? Twitch is reporting that Diesel's latest, Babylon A.D., has undergone a serious edit and the film has been reduced from a running time of 160 minutes to a mere 90. Just so we have this straight, it looks like Fox has cut the film pretty much in half. It had been reported that two distinct versions of the film (one for European audiences and one for the US) were going to hit theaters, but now we'll all be getting the same version since a 90-minute cut was submitted to the UK's BBFC for certification.
Babylon A.D. was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, and it centers on a young woman who has been infected with a virus that could wipe out humanity. Diesel plays a mercenary who's been charged with escorting this walking time bomb from Russia to New York City. Joining Diesel is Michelle Yeoh as a butt-kicking nun and Mélanie Thierry as Aurora, the futuristic 'Typhoid Mary'. Originally the film was expected to be a dark action flick (what else could it be with Kassovitz at the helm?) but according to Twitch, the film is now aiming for a PG-13 rating.
Babylon began production back in 2005 with Vincent Cassel in the lead. By 2006, Cassel was no longer attached and Diesel had dropped out of Hitman to star. Just last year, it was reported that the film was over budget and behind schedule -- all of which sounds like bad news for the feature film version of Maurice Georges Dantec's Babylon Babies novel. Babylon A.D. will arrive in theaters (in one form or another) on August 29, 2008.