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Oliver Stone says he’s doing a fourth cut of 'Alexander'
It looks like the fourth time's the charm for Oliver Stone.
When the director's pet project "Alexander" -- about the ancient Greek conqueror -- was released in 2004, it was met with mixed reviews and only earned $34 million in U.S. theaters. Since then, two alternate cuts have surfaced with significant changes being made. However, Stone has designs on yet another version for home audiences.
The original cut of "Alexander," which stars Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer, initially ran 175 minutes. The 2005 "Director's Cut" ran 9 minutes shorter, clocking in at 167 minutes. Just two years later, Stone unleashed the 3-and-a-half hour "Alexander Revisited: The Final Unrated Cut," which he claimed at the time represented "my complete and last version, as it will contain all the essential footage we shot."
Now, it seems Stone has changed his mind once again. While doing press for the DVD release of his most recent film "Savages," Stone told Collider that Warner Bros. has been asking the iconoclastic director ("JFK," "Platoon") for yet another version of the film.
"I’m going to go back next year actually," he revealed. "I’ve been asked by Warner Brothers because they did so well with ‘The Final Cut’. They actually sold more than a million copies. They’ve asked me to go back next year and do a fourth version."
"Frankly, it’s a movie about history and I just feel like I can add something more," he explained further. "I wouldn’t do it otherwise… I don’t need more footage. I want to cut it down now because I added too much. I want it to come back a little bit. There’s some trimming [needed]."