By Ryan Parsons | Image property of New Line Cinema
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In a period where having your film over two hours only makes it that much cooler, the decision by Terrence Malick on whether to release the long or shorter version of The New World still hinders.
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According to Variety, Terrance Malick is still editing down the 149-minute version of The New World that had already been released to critics and advanced screenings. Though New Line Cinema will continue to release the un-edited version up until the film's wide release, the studio will soon be able to also preview the shorter version of the film and decide which one they like better.
Depending on which one they choose could mean the difference of fifteen to twenty minutes in the film's total running time. And choose they must, as it is Malick's way to do final edits just before the wide release of his films.
Therefore, we can expect an official announcement on the appropriate running time of The New World by next week.
"It's all part of the process of working with Terrence Malick. He simply wants The New World to be the best possible film that it can be."
The extended running time of new releases has been under a bit of scrutiny as of late due to more and more films breaking the 120-minute mark. Peter Jackson's King Kong may be long (186 min), but the box office numbers prove that length can help polish out epic films. On the other hand, Spielberg's Munich is beginning to receive criticism for its extended running time of 164 minutes. Why take so much time in a revenge drama?
The New World is an epic adventure set
amid the encounter of European and Native American cultures during the founding
of the Jamestown Settlement in 1607. Inspired by the legend of John Smith
(Farrell) and Pocahontas, acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick transforms
this classic story into a sweeping exploration of love, loss and discovery,
both a celebration and an elegy of the America that was…and the America
that was yet to come. Against a historically accurate Virginia backdrop,
Malick has set a dramatized tale of two strong-willed characters-a passionate
and noble young native woman and an ambitious soldier of fortune-torn between
the undeniable requirements of their civic duty and the inescapable demands
of the human heart.