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"Assasination of Jesse James" Problems Revealed

Posted: May 2nd, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Assasination of Jesse James" Problems RevealedSubmit Comment
The reasons for the long delay of Warners' "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," starring Brad Pitt as the legendary outlaw and based on the novel by Ron Hansen, have finally been revealed.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the key issues behind the delay are the film's tone and over three-hour running time. The studio is said to have wanted more of a Clint Eastwood-style actioner, while director Andrew Dominik "wanted to deliver a dark, contemplative examination of fame and infamy, in the spirit of director Terrence Malick."

Dominik delivered his cut of the film, while Pitt, who is also the film's producer, cut his own version. The Times reports, "Various versions of the film were assembled and tested, with Pitt, producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and editor Michael Kahn (Saving Private Ryan) either overseeing new cuts of the film or suggesting revisions, according to people familiar with the process." To make matters worse, test screenings reportedly fared poorly.

With a September 21st release date set for "Jesse James," the paper says it's not certain yet which version will be released. But Warners said in a statement last week that the version to be released will be "true to the source material and in keeping with the creative vision of its filmmakers. We do not comment on the internal creative process of bringing a picture to the screen, but the goal of both the studio and the filmmakers is to deliver the best film possible. We are all very pleased with the picture we are bringing to theaters this fall."

Click here to read more about "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."

Source: IGN, Los Angeles Times


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