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Hit Me With Your Next Best Shot

By William Goss | Industry | August 3, 2010 |

By William Goss | Industry | August 3, 2010 |

We’ll never know just how many films out there have been salvaged by re-shoots, but like a changed release date, it’s far easier to view these tweaks as an omen. After all, if things had been going so well, why didn’t they get it right the first time around, hmmmm?

If rumors and rumblings are to be believed, Focus Features didn’t get their first look at the most recent cut of The American — director Anton Corbijn’s follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Control — until this week. That is to say, a mere month out from its North American bow.

Despite that studio, that street cred and a starring turn by George “Return of the Killer Tomatoes” Clooney, it’s not making an appearance at any of the prominent fall festivals, and just last month, Corbijn himself was blogging about the inclusion of Johan Leysen in these new scenes.

That is to say, a character who wasn’t even in the script a month ago.

Hey, who knows, maybe this is all for the better. We’ll find out soon enough. But even just looking at the shift in marketing, it’s hard to know how exactly The American is going to turn out and it’s easy to wonder if Focus even has a good idea for themselves.

(Source: Hollywood Elsewhere)

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