The Wolfman: Extended Cut

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Emily Blunt The Wolfman The Wolfman: Extended CutJoe Johnston’s horror movie remake of The Wolfman is set to be unleashed this weekend. And if fans of the film enjoy the cinematic version, then they’ll be able to get much more bang for their buck when the film hits DVD: Johnston has stated that he’s working on an extended cut of the film.

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.

the wolfman benicio del toro transformation The Wolfman: Extended Cut

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

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  1. 2 of my fav actors are in this. its been a while since i saw hopkins in a movie.
    this will be a pretty good movie from what i've seen so far

  2. I'm sure you'll get the usual option of version A or B.

  3. So this means 5 minutes of extended scenes that amount to nothing as has been the standard for “extended cuts” since about 2003. Hopefully I am proven wrong though

  4. Does that mean they wont release the original print as well?

  5. I personally cannot stand extended cuts. In my opinion stuff is almost always cut out for a reason. I usually find directors' cuts super boring. That's just a personal preference though.

  6. That quote from Joe Johnston perfectly sums up todays movie going audience. The majority where you have to substitute commerce for art. I wouldn't be surprised if run times for movies go to 60 or even 70 minutes.
    Then a film like Avatar and Dark Knight comes out and makes a huge sum of money back.
    Personally I find that the director's cut, or “extended cut” is much better because you do get the entire, flushed out story as oppose to cutting away things for the sake of timing. Best example, Daredevil.
    Studios should just go with the director's vision and let the audience take in the whole experience.

  7. That quote from Joe Johnston perfectly sums up todays movie going audience. The majority where you have to substitute commerce for art. I wouldn't be surprised if run times for movies go to 60 or even 70 minutes.
    Then a film like Avatar and Dark Knight comes out and makes a huge sum of money back.
    Personally I find that the director's cut, or “extended cut” is much better because you do get the entire, flushed out story as oppose to cutting away things for the sake of timing. Best example, Daredevil.
    Studios should just go with the director's vision and let the audience take in the whole experience.

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