Baz Luhrmann seemingly opened a can of worms when he revealed in June he has a four-hour cut of his latest film Elvis.
And now, since the musical biopic premiered last summer, the 59-year-old director has been fighting back against fans who actually want to see the extended version.
“Tell you what, all my tweets are nothing but, ‘We want the four hour version! We want the four-hour version!’” the Australian filmmaker recently told ScreenRant.
“I think people are standing in front of my gates with pitchforks and saying, ‘We want the four-hour version!'”
However, Luhrmann is still open to the release of the 240-minute film, but not at this time. After a three-month theatrical run, “Elvis” has finally arrived on the streaming service HBO Max.
The Great Gatsby director explained how the parent network could potentially move forward with releasing a longer cut as the original film performs well on the streamer.
“I’m not closed to the idea that there will be an extended cut,” added Luhrmann. “Right now, with how long it’s stayed in theaters and how well done it’s crossed the line.”
“But HBO Max did so well over the weekend that the parent company is like, ‘Wow, it’s really worth the money,'” he said.
“I’m not closed to it, but not now. I’m a bit tired,” he added.
Luhrmann also noted that it would take him about four to six months to do additional work on the extended version of “Elvis” before dropping the four-hour cut from HBO Max.
The longer adaptation would theoretically explore subplots including music icon Elvis Presley (played by a darker-haired, deeper-voiced version of Austin Butler) falling in love with his first girlfriend Dixie, his struggles with barbiturate addiction, his relationship with his band, and Meet President Richard Nixon.
The Golden Globe winner previously told Radio Times about the longer cut, saying it helped tell the full story of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s short life.
“I would have liked to familiarize myself more with some other things,” said Luhrmann. “There is so much more. I mean, there’s a lot of stuff I’ve shot.”
“What’s happened [Elvis] starts doing crazy things… I’ve had it in for a while, but there comes a point where you can’t have it all in, so I just tried to follow the spirit of the character.”
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