Weinstein on Inglourious Basterds editing rumours
There have been a few rumours about the editing of Inglourious Basterds. Well two to be exact. One where Universal wanted footage put back in, and one where The Weinstein Company wanted footage taken out.
Not so on the last one, so says Harvey Weinstein.
In May this year, news came that following it's debut at Cannes, Inglourious Basterds was heading back to the editing room. The film was still way under it's contracted time, and the rumour said that a new scene could be added.
Then just two weeks ago came the next rumour. That The Weinstein Company wanted Quentin Tarantino to cut some forty minutes from the film. That's despite the fact the film was 2 hours and 40 minutes long, 8 minutes under it's maximum. We were all a bit sceptical at the time, wondering what on earth was going on. Turns out we were right to be confused. Now Harvey Weinstein has given his side of the story, to GQ through First Showing.net.
Those stories are all untrue. There's no (expletive removed) way. Here, read my lips: That is nuts. Please don't even write that, it's insanity. There's not even a question of that. Whatever you're reading, it's like some insane blogger… There's no truth to any of this. He's not gonna cut. What he's doing is just reorganizing some scenes. I mean, the guy had six weeks to cut his movie [for Cannes]; most guys take six months. Most guys take a year.When I worked with Martin [Scorsese], we'd do eighteen months in post-production. Quentin Tarantino cuts a movie in six weeks? Come on, there's (expletive removed) on that cutting-room floor that'll blow your brains out. I was telling Quentin the opposite—'You should put that (expletive removed) back in the movie.' There's scenes with Brad Pitt and the Basterds, and I'm praying he puts that (expletive removed) back in, ‘cause it's un-(expletive removed)-believably great. Listen—this movie will be between two hours and twenty minutes and two hours and twenty-seven minutes. I don't think it's going to be shorter—it's just a question of rearranging. I know he's putting footage back into the movie. I know he's got some cool (expletive removed) that he didn't get time to address.
Out (expletive removed) standing. So there we have it, it's all baloney. Tarantino just didn't have time to edit it fully before Cannes. And we are all going to be blown away, by what he has come up with. Sounds good to me. Many a film has been ruined in the edit, sounds like this isn't going to be one of them. Well we can but hope. Just for heck of it, the latest trailer is below.