Schrader Admits To Torrenting His Director's Cut Of Dying Of The Light
As if we need another reason to believe that Paul Schrader’s a badass, we’ve gotten a new one to add to the pile. In a conversation with Vulture on January 8th, the world class filmmaker admitted to torrenting a director's cut of his ill-conceived 2014 film, Dying of the Light.
The film is a bleak thriller starring Nicolas Cage as a CIA agent, who obsesses over catching terrorists in the midst of suffering from terminal brain disease.
The story goes that the film’s producers didn't want the artistic espionage thriller that Schrader supplied, so they took it upon themselves to create their own cut, which was released in theaters without Schrader’s consent — this version of the film currently holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The release of this version of the film was met with heavy opposition from Schrader and Cage, who both vocally urged cinema goers to avoid the film. The silver lining to this bastard cut of the film was that is prompted Schrader to re-edit the film in private. The result is reported to be an entirely new film that strives to display his original vision.
Schrader’s secret cut was made available at the UCLA film archives and the Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas; however, it also mysteriously appeared on Torrent sites across the net. Well, thanks to Schrader’s candid conversation with Vulture, the mystery has now been put to bed… it was Schrader!
“I made Dog Eat Dog to redeem myself from the humiliation of Dying of the Light, which was taken away from me. Nic [Cage] and I disowned it, I subsequently did my own edit, put it on torrent, but it was a career killer. I thought I was gonna die. It was a personal film, a film I had written. I had set it up, and it was taken away by these assholes who didn’t love films anymore. A new group of people had come into the business. In the past I had never needed final cut. Because you were dealing with people who liked movies. You had disagreements, you worked it out. Now you’re dealing with people who not only don’t like movies much, they don’t even go to them. They just have formulas. They fired me as soon as they could. Brought in their own editor, and put out this exploitation version of a film I wanted to make. So I said, ‘This is gonna be the end. My career will end in embarrassment and humiliation.’”
Way to stick it to The Man, Schrader! We salute you. Hopefully, these scumbags will come to their senses and release the cut of the film that people are actually interested in seeing.
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