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Les Misérables Might Get an Extended Cut - Or Not

Tom Hooper Hasn't Decided Yet

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.

Collider:
A lot of people don’t realize that the four hour version is the take from beginning to end.

Hooper: 
Yeah, and everyone comes through every door and crosses and sits down and does the whole action. I think the battle sequence was about a quarter hour long in the full version. 


Regarding the extended cut, Hooper had the following to say:

Collider:
Is there anything that you would consider deleted scenes that fans can expect on the Blu-ray?

Hooper: 
No, because I want to give myself the option of the extended version.

Collider:
That’s a very honest answer, I appreciate that.

Hooper: 
Having also said that I might not do an extended version.

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.

 

Release: Jan 03, 2013 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: Collider

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