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FANBOYS gets two versions... but what about a theatrical release?

Published at: March 25, 2008, 5:41 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I have to imagine it's a point of pride with the Weinsteins now... I can't believe they'd really struggle so hard for so long with this movie. I had occasion to talk to one of the producers of this movie a little while back. Apparently, the producers are unified behind the regular, cancer version of the movie, Kevin Spacey included. Apparently, the test screening scores for the two versions are only 2 points apart, so it's not a strong point there... The movie could not work. That's possible. They might not know what to do with it... but I think if they're that unsure, why go against the producers, director, screenwriter and fans and keep this debate going? In what would look like a white flag move, The Weinsteins announced (after a fan boycott of SUPERHERO movie this weekend) that both versions will be out on DVD. There's a rumor out there that they're also exploring two possible theatrical cuts (although they still haven't figured out when they're going to release it). Why? Won't that be confusing? Unless they do some sort of R-Rated and PG-13 rated release.. which I like the premise of, but if the real difference really is just a sub-plot about a character that has cancer, then it'll be a cop-out if that's how they advertise it. Listen guys. It's not hard. This isn't something you developed in-house. You found it, picked it up. Trust in that initial gut reaction. Market the hell out of Kristen Bell and Seth Rogen. Placate the fans and release the version they're dedicated to seeing. If you want your other cut out there, package it with the cut everyone wants to see. Hell, if it's a success, you can even double-dip. You like doing that, right? You keep dicking with it the fans will just lose interest or get pissed off. You're cutting your nose off to spite your face here, I think. Seriously, it isn't that hard. This couldn't have cost that much to make. Pick a release date, put some dough pushing the big comedic names you already have, slap their faces on all the posters and billboards and cut a funny trailer. Easy money. Why's this so difficult? Read more about it in Hollywood Reporter's story today!


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  • March 25, 2008, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Yeah quit fiddle fucking around

    by DOGSOUP

    Release the movie and get on with your lives of coke and whores. Heell, make money off the movie and then you can buy MORE coke and the really classy whores, you like that? Coke and Whores? We know you do.

  • March 25, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    First

    by XXVIII

    Bring on the Cancer!

  • March 25, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Please!

    by krodnoc

    Please just release this movie! It's like Southland Tales all over again!

  • March 25, 2008, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Is there a trailer for this yet?

    by ELGordo

    I'm just askin.

  • March 25, 2008, 5:28 a.m. CST

    I want MAN-BEAR-PIG: THE MOVIE

    by random dude

  • March 25, 2008, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Quint givng the marketeers a crash course

    by Windowlicker74

    how to market their own movie. LOL! cough* cobbler stick to your last* cough

  • March 25, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Doesn't seem so hard does it... its hardly

    by Seph_J

    Oscar bait right? Unless the 'cancer storyline' involves Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? And this project has music by James Horner? And theres a woman in it... playing a rape victim? Is this a heartfelt Oscar worthy art film?

  • March 25, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    They CANT cut the cancer angle

    by Rocklover79

    The cancer is the reason they even decide to do this in IN THE FIRST PLACE. Are they trying to make their characters into unlikable tools by getting rid of a pretty damn good motivation for this journey? This is ridiculous!

  • March 25, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    this movie

    by Gungan Slayer

    i don't even think i give a shit about this movie anymore anyway so whatever. honestly don't see what the hold up's all about

  • March 25, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    What the Hell??

    by Protowerks

    I've already seen this movie! It's called Saving Star Wars. It came out a couple of years ago. Sure it's a small budget independent film...but it least it came out. Freaking awesome. Oh yeah....the kid had cancer (we think) in that movie too!

  • March 25, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Is it too late to cut Dan Fogler?

    by Garbageman33

    I'd rather have a large blank space on the screen than that horribly unfunny Jack Black wannabe.

  • March 25, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Maybe they can't make up their minds...

    by Knuckleduster

    ... about which terminal illness is most popular nowadays. "Cancer is so 80's. Then again, the 80's are making a comeback. Would aids be better? Nah. Too Africa. Too depressing. Maybe we can cut the film in two and make more beautiful money. And add some dance numbers. Those Step Up movies are making a fortune and they don't cost shit."

  • March 25, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Quint speaketh the truth.

    by Pennsy

    I really don't have anything else to add because he summed up what I'm feeling to a T.

  • March 25, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Call Kevin Smith!

    by bravado

    He'll put Harvey in his place! I mean, I wanna see the movie...but then again I don't. If they don't release the original version, the version the writer, director, producer and everyone involved with the film intended everyone to see, then what's the point? Pretty f$%king stupid if you ask me! About as stupid as how Mike Judge got the shaft with his last film!

  • March 25, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Wasn't this movie made 3-4 years ago?

    by teethgnasher

    Who cares now. I'll wait for HBO.

  • March 25, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    I don't understand how something like this

    by Series7

    The Signal and Southland Tales. Have these never ending release battles in the end they just get pooped out on like 400 or so screens (if that) and don't make a dime? Where crap like Dungon Seige, D-wars, P2, Dead Silence, and so forth get fucking diareahhed all over the fucking place and you can see them in the most po-dunk town of George W.'s USA? And while they don't make amazing money, people actually hear about them and they make a couple million? Seriously? How fucking hard was it to market the movie Sunshine? Like no one I know knows what the fuck that movie is. It could've been huge, if marketed right I bet it could've broken 100 mill. Instead I waited in line at the one theater is was showing at for ONE weekend. And heard dipshits in front of me saying? "Whats Sunshine? Oh well, (2) for Hairspray! I love this movie its my second time!" Fanboys looks like it cost about as much as I have in the bank right now to make, you could easily make back the money in opening weekend. It just blows my mind when the Brothers Jew and Fox Searchlight spend forever trying to get these dumb indie wannabie comedies out (along with Juno and Little Miss Sunshine), movies that they probably only had to by the rights to. While shitting the bed with movies that were not cheap to make and in some cases actually financed (Grindhouse, Day/Night Watch, Sunshine)? Does any one got an explenation?

  • March 25, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Anf if there's a huge boycott of Superhero Movie

    by Havok2000

    ... people somehow think it will affect the release of this movie?

  • March 25, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Lose interest...? That happened years ago

    by Lone_Wolf_McQuaalude

    This thing has floundered for two years(?). What little interest I had in the beginning is now gone. Rogen's going to be overexposed and no box office plus by the time this movie makes it to the cineplex

  • March 25, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    what's this boycott of superhero movie?

    by Gungan Slayer

    what's going on here? i haven't heard anything about this.

  • March 25, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    its easy/lazy to boycott a lousy movie

    by ArcadianDS

    If people really wanted this film released, then they'd be talking about a boycott of Speed Racer instead. But no, Harry and Co. are giddy like schoolgirls over Speed Racer, Fanboys be damned.

  • March 25, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Just release it. Heaps of shitty movies make money cos of ads

    by messi

    just do it. Nike.

  • March 25, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    crap releases, and boycotts

    by critch

    Well, I'm not sure how Southland Tales got made in the first place, considering how absolutely shitty it was. At least D-Wars and Dungeon Siege were fun to watch, albeit horrible. I love when geeks say they're going to boycott something. Grosses always end up higher. Superhero movie looks good, a hell of a lot better than date and epic and that Spartans nonsense anyway. Can't say no to Leslie Neilsen.

  • March 25, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Weinsteins

    by imascooby1985

    I used to have nothing but respect for the Weinsteins. Sure they were always kinda assholes but they still brought us amazing movies at a time when cinema as a whole was sinking deeper and deeper into that abyss. But this is just ridiculous. I honestly cannot fathom why they are being so damned stubborn on this film. Can anyone help me out with a possible motive here?

  • March 25, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    superhero movie

    by imascooby1985

    I had no intentions of seeing it in the first place but now I can feel pretty good about missing it by just saying I am "boycotting" it. And if as a side effect the film does so badly that they end the line of "_____ movie"s, I will just be doubly happy.

  • March 25, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Fracking A, Quint!

    by Archive

  • March 25, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Where is this boycotting of Superhero Movie coming from?

    by Series7

    I've heard nothing but good things about this movie on this site? I guess i didn't read the TB for the reviews, maybe its there. Someone needs to give Leislie Neilson some damn dramatic role (prefeably the role of an old man with Altizmers) get him some awards so he can stop just putting his name on everything. You know he was like a dramatic actor before all of us were born, he was the star of Forbidden Planet.

  • March 25, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    How many years has this been held from release?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • March 25, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    The dithering explained

    by Runs with a Gut

    I think it's safe to say that "Grindhouse" really spooked the hell out of the Weinsteins. <p> Tarantino/Rodriguez double feature. Faux B-movie trailers made by celebrity genre directors. Zombie mayhem. Machine-gun prosthetics. Cool chicks kicking ass. Car-chase porn. $18million domestic.

  • March 25, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Reeks of Vince McMahon...

    by neal2zod

    Seriously, doesn't this seem like some pro-wrestling inspired marketing ploy? Weinstein makes himself look like a bad guy to chalk up interest in one of his properties? And yeah, where did this boycott of Superhero Movie come from anyway? And who is exactly is going to be boycotting this? The same 5 guys who cried about the Snakes on a Plane title change or its "PG-13" rating that never happened and probably was never going to?

  • March 25, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Leslie Neilsen....

    by 23GreatWoundsAllGotInBattle

    ...was also Kwai Chang Cain's manipulative in-law on Kung Fu... The Weinsteins should announce a cage match with the producers of this movie over the release cut. Both masters should be dangling above the cage and the victor gets to pitch the version they don't want into a flaming trashcan. It looks like the makers of Fanboy are gonna win, but as the director scales the chain to grab the no-cancer version for immolation, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino run into the ring and choke slam him through a wedding cake. The Weinsteins burn the original cancer version of Fanboys and light cigars in the fire, macho posturing as the audience pelts them with empy beer cups and popcorn. Then they put the whole match on the special two disc edition featuring both cuts (because the original version miraculously survives somehow) and clean up.

  • March 25, 2008, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Yeah...the Weinsteins will figure this out right after

    by Master Bruce

    they figure out what to do with FEAST.

  • March 25, 2008, 11:42 p.m. CST

    LOST fucking intrest

    by dynamicb

    Thats all there is to it. Release it why dont you?

  • March 26, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    The Reaction Is Amusing, Almost As If The Weinsteins Had Never D

    by Harry Weinstein

    It's SHAOLIN SOCCER all over again. Bear witness as the Weinsteins transform what should have been a minor but solid success into an embarrassing hatred-generating calamity via their special brand of brain-damaged marketing and distribution.

  • March 26, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    "Had Never Done This Before", it was supposed to read...

    by Harry Weinstein

    n/t

  • March 26, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    The weinsteins deserve all the failure they've had.

    by knowthyself

    Since going solo they've been really fucking up their films such as grindhouse on video and now this. They truly deserve all the failures they've had since going solo. They have no idea what they are doing anymore.

  • March 26, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Harry Weinstein

    by Series7

    What happened to Shaolin Soccer? Is the version i saw on the VHS not the proper one? Did they fuck with Kung Fu?

  • March 26, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    SHAOLIN SOCCER vs Miramax

    by Harry Weinstein

    God, where to begin? The release was delayed for years, one date after another announced and then abandoned. The title was changed to KUNG FU SOCCER for long enough to show up in Entertainment Weekly's seasonal preview as such, with picture. There were at least two different versions of the English dub along the way, both cut, one cut more heavily. One of them featured Stephen Chow doing his own English dubbing and one didn't, and the other cast members got the "me likey fried lice" exaggurated Chinese accents on one or the other of the English dubs, as Miramax/Weinstein Company simply loves to do. After fans complained and the HK dvd had been out for ages, uncut, Miramax publicly relented and decided to do a limited release in Cantonese - of one of their cut variants of the film, minus the English dub. The poster/DVD art sucked extra hard as well, with the person on the cover bearing no resemblance at all to Stephen Chow, in a situation bearing no resemblance to the film. The eventual Miramax DVD featured hopelessly incomplete and mistranslated subs on the full length uncut version of the film. This treatment wasn't unusual, what was unusual was that people (mostly not STAR WARS fans, obviously) were paying a bit of attention to how bad this acclaimed, successful movie was getting abused.

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