Madonna struggling with W.E.?
Madonna may have been quoted out of context when she recently said "I hope it's over soon" talking about her film W.E., but she certainly isn't finished with the film after the run it had at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.
After critics had their way with the film Madonna has decided to return to the editing room and have another go at it, re-editing the film before the December release.
The film follows a modern day woman who becomes obsessed with the story of King Edward VII and his relationship with the divorcee Wallis Simpson, a relationship that led to him abdicating the from the British throne. The film flips back and forth between the two stories showing the parallels in their tales.
"Maybe it needs a bit of this and a bit of that, and maybe it is still a work in progress...For God's sake, I hope it's over with soon!"
You can understand film-makers getting tired with their film, especially after sitting through critics analysing it and dissecting it and then influencing the rest of the world, however that's not the bit that catches my eye about the comment that she made, more that she doesn't seem to know if it needs a little work of if it's still unfinished.
Of course it's an offhand comment, you can tell that from just reading it, but at the same time there's not a lot of conviction there, just tiredness and a desire to move on.
Will all this result in another terrible film from Madonna? It might be a little surprising considering who has been cast - Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, James D'Arcy, Andrea Riseborough and James Fox, you would have thought that would have indicated a little more from the film.
So far the rumours are that ten minutes is to be shaved off W.E., well running time isn't that important, it's what she does with the scenes themselves, not the overall time. Ten minutes could mean anything and acts could be totally reworked, complete sections of the film moved around, there could be major work involved in re-editing it, especially before December.
One thing to factor into all this is that the Weinstein company is involved in the film. That probably means they'll be right there in the editing room with hands on the controls, and if it's rubbish I'm sure they'll not think twice about burying it in a poor release. Let's hope the re-editing turns positive for the film.