Johnston sat down with Shock Till You Drop and he said that another 17 minutes would be added to The Wolfman, most of it inserted into the first act. Johnston said that the footage had been removed during the third editing pass to push the story along so that audiences would get to the first wolfman transformation sooner.
According to Johnston:
“Well, I have to say that I always question what a director’s cut is. Because if the release print is not the director’s cut then you rolled over. And what I’m calling the DVD is the extended cut because we’re putting back in, in a perfect world, I would have left in. When audiences say, “Hey, it’s slow for the first 15 minutes,” you have to listen to them. For better or worse, this is a movie business we’re in and we’re in the business of selling tickets. You want the audience to see the movie, be entertained and then go tell their friends to see it. I recognize that. You’re walking a fine line between art and commerce, and I recognize the line is there and I have to walk it like anyone else.”
There’s much more to the interview, but you’ll have to go HERE if you want to read it.
It’s no surprise to me that there’s going to be an alternate cut of The Wolfman. The film has undergone a slew of changes including release dates, reshoots and behind-the-scenes bickering with the director and the studio. In fact, before the film even shot a frame the original director Mark Romanek jumped ship over budget quarrels with studio heads.
It’ll be interesting to see how the film shapes up, but at least we’ll be able to see more of Johnston’s vision once it hits DVD. I’m looking forward to the film and I really hope that it uses more practical effects than CGI. In fact, I’d be happy if no CGI was used at all. Okay, maybe for some digital backgrounds and what not – but that’s it!
Meanwhile, Johnston has also turned his attention to directing the big screen version of Captain America. I’m pretty sure that you’ve heard of it. If not – welcome to Screen Rant!
The Wolfman starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving opens on Friday February 12.
Source: Shock Till You Drop