Baz Luhrmann Says ‘Elvis’ Four Hour Cut Would Take 6 Months to Edit

Baz Luhrmann Says ‘Elvis’ Four Hour Cut Would Take 6 Months to Edit

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Baz Luhrmann revealed in June that his first edit of “Elvis” lasted four hours, and it looks like fans may one day see the director’s expanded vision come to life. Just not now. Luhrmann recently said: ScreenRant (through IndieWire) that a four-hour “Elvis” cut would take another four to six months to edit, and he’s just too tired to pull it off right now. The director could see himself working on the four-hour “Elvis” as early as 2025 at the earliest.

“I don’t close my mind to the idea that there might be a way to explore another in the future [cut]Luhrmann said. “I have to be very careful here because the moment I put it there… I’m telling you, all my tweets are nothing but, ‘We want the four-hour version! We want the four-hour version! ‘ I think people are standing at my gates with pitchforks saying, ‘We want the four-hour version!’

“Right now, with how long it’s stayed in theaters and how well it’s done, it’s crossed the line,” the director continued. “But it’s done so well this weekend on HBO Max, so it’s about the parent company saying, ‘Wow, it’s really worth spending the money.’ Because it’s not like I have it, and you just put it there. Every minute in post production you have to do visual effects, grading, cutting, refining and ADR sound. It’s not like it’s just finished there and I can just press a button and it comes out. you would have to go back in and work on it. to do an extended cut, you would work on it for another four or six months. i’m not closed to it, but now no. I’m a little on the tired side.”

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“Elvis” became a summer breakout hit for Warner Bros., had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival to a thunderous standing ovation and earned $284 million at the worldwide box office. The musical biopic topped “The Great Gatsby” at the domestic box office by $150 million, making it the highest-grossing domestic earner of Luhrmann’s career to date.

Luhrmann first revealed the existence of a four-hour “Elvis” cut to Radio Timesadding that he deleted scenes depicting Elvis’ relationship with “first girlfriend, Dixie and later how… once he’s in a trap, and he’s confused and doesn’t understand… someone who has such a hole in his heart, like Elvis, is constantly searching and searching for love and finding it on stage, but nowhere else.”

The filmmaker also shot deleted scenes addressing Elvis’ “addiction to barbiturates and stuff”. The filmmaker added: “What happens is he starts doing crazy things – like going to watch Nixon. I had it in it for a while, but there comes a point where you can’t have it all, so I tried just follow the spirit of the character.

“Elvis” is now available to stream on HBO Max.

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