Monday, July 21, 2003

Changing a Movie's Ending

My mind has been on the movies lately. I read over the weekend that the creators of 28 Days Later... decided to change their ending, even though the movie has already been in theatrical release for the past few weeks. The producers wanted to put out the "darker ending."

1400 theaters have the film "print". The new ending will either play immediately after the credits, or be spliced in by projectionists. Highly unusual. According to the article, it's an additional four minutes of film.

When I read this, I thought immediately of the character Tyler Durden in Fight Club, who would splice in one frame of porn in children's movies. I also thought about all those evenings hanging out at the projector room during college. I knew a few of the projectionists, and became familiar with how they would irreverently handle film.

This news would have been right up their alley.

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