Les MisÚrables Might Get an Extended Cut - Or Not
The film adaptation of the musical Les Misérables, directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) did already start in US cinemas and it seems that it will be a successful box office for the film. Collider led some interviews with cast and crew and when they had Hooper, they asked him about deleted scenes and talk arised about the possibility of an extended cut on Blu-ray. Especially the case of Les Misérables lends itself to such a discussion since the musical itself exists in several versions which weren't all uncut.
The director also stated that the first cut of the movie clocked in at about 4 hours and was then shortened 2.5 hours. This wasn't forced but everyone knows that 4 hours in cinemas is just not suitable, especially since the rough cut had many unnecessary scenes.
When there's gonna be an extended cut, it will most likely have 15-20 minutes of additional footage and will not be the 4 hours of the first cut. Generally, it's also dependent on the film's success at the box office and whether fans have an interest in such a longer version. Mostly, producing extended versions of movies is a no-brainer but with a film like this, Hooper statet that it certainly was hard work. It's the central question whether he should put more effort in assembling a new cut that might be less good and has some more scenes that would let fans of the musical rejoice. As of yet, Hooper has no answer to that. At least the necessary success and fans will be there when we look at the box office of the first days.
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