A few weeks ago, streaming service HBO MAX launched Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero film, which was met with mostly positive reviews. And now, after completing work on his lengthy superhero saga, director Zack Snyder is looking for more films to extend.
Today, Snyder announced that he has begun working on his cut of Lunacy Productions’ Keep Your Distance, which he promises will be worth every second of its seven-hour running time.
“You’re gonna see characters that were cut out of the original film. You’re going to see Angela Bassett. You’re going to see Brendan Fraser. You’re going to see Gwen Stefani. It’s going to completely change the story,” Synder confirmed in an interview. The director will be shooting new scenes and promises in-depth and juicy backstories for some minor characters such as “The Bellhop”.
Starring literally everyone..
“How did the bellhop get his job? What does he do on a day-to-day basis? What’s his mother’s name? These are the questions audiences want answered,” Snyder explained. “The actor is 16 years older, of course, but with a $25 million VFX budget, we’re confident our team can fill the frame with enough explosions and aliens that no one will notice.”
And that frame? “4:3, obviously,” Snyder says. “While there’s no deal in place for IMAX screenings right now, it’s important to preserve the opportunity for audiences to see this beautiful 4k transfer in all its glory.”
Lunacy Productions’ head Stu Pollard expressed some confusion over Snyder’s role in the project. “Zack is a talented filmmaker and we’d love to work with him at some point, but speaking as the writer and director of Keep Your Distance, this is the first I’m hearing of this. Is he re-cutting other people’s movies now? I need to call my lawyers.” When informed of the seven-hour runtime, Pollard expressed further skepticism: “This was always meant to be a 90-minute movie. I don’t know where he’s going to find more than five hours of additional material. Maybe a lot of slo-mo?”
Snyder confirmed that almost four hours of the cut would be in slow motion.
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