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Good to see some positive reviews! And it sounds more promising that Damien will be in it (fingers crossed).

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It's great to actually see Damien's name listed in the credits for this film - thank you The Hollywood Reporter!

The reviews generally aren't glowing (cool) but audiences don't always see films the same way that critics do, so we'll just have to wait and see....

Personally I've never been more excited by the notion of execution by electric chair



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The reviews won't affect the popularity of this film when it opens in theatres, the cast alone guarantees a huge audience and as you say fifi, who knows how us non critics will react. From the brief footage we've seen so far, it is hard to see how I'd be disappointed with the epicness and style, my only concern is lack of our DaMo!

However, sources tell me Damien definitely appears in the film (squee) and his part hasn't ended up on the cutting room floor, a relief after the massive cuts mentioned in some of the reviews. But, his appearance is very brief. We probably all share the same mixed feelings on that, absolute delight and excitement that he is in this mighty film, but disappointment that his incredible talent is not given the limelight that it is due. Not a consolation but it does seem that all the supporting cast are woefully underused.

 



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2 more release dates added to the DMF THE CURRENT WAR INFO!

Hong Kong 21 December 2017

Australia 18 January 2018

 

Full release date list:

USA 24 November 2017 (limited)
Hong Kong 21 December 2017
UK 5 January 2018
Bulgaria 5 January 2018
Germany 11 January 2018
Australia 18 January 2018 
USA 19 January 2018 (wider)
Hungary 1 February 2018
Netherlands 15 February 2018

 

and in case people missed it, TCW is screening at these USA film fests:

Mill Valley Film Festival 15 October 

Austin Film Festival 26 October - 2 November, screening date tba 



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This was in my news feed this morning. Hope its wrong.

variety.com/2017/film/news/the-current-war-postponed-weinstein-company-1202590094/


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Sadly it's true Ellie.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has been all over the news this week, it's truly awful and sadly probably the tip of a very large iceberg in Hollyweird. It's shocking how unshocking this is. You have to feel for the cast and many many creatives involved in The Current War and other Weinstein films. But hopefully something good can come out of this and there is a much much needed, long overdue culture change. My personal feelings on this are a lot stronger it is hard to talk about it in a detached way, this shit matters more than a film, any film. I'd happily never see this film if it meant just one less case of this unacceptable behaviour from / to anyone. 

Benedict Cumberbatch issued a statement earlier this week: “I am utterly disgusted by the continuing revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s horrifying and unforgivable actions,”"“We need to collectively stand up and support victims of abuse such as the brave and inspiring women who have spoken out against him and say we hear you and believe you." Read the full thing here.

The US release was originally set for December 2017, then brought forward to November 2017, for awards season, but has now been postponed until 2018. No word on the other international release dates yet, the majority of which are in 2018.

 



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Comment from Michael Shannon on The Current War, via Screen Crush

 

Well you know that’s unfortunate with The Current War because I think it’s a very relevant story. It’s a timely story. That’s why I did it in the first place, because I thought it’d be a good time for people to see that story. I don’t think a lot of people even know that story, and it’s very important in our nation’s history and as it relates to how the modern corporations seemed to have gotten out of hand. It’s nice to see someone like [George] Westinghouse, who was able to make a lot of money and have a substantial empire without completely screwing a bunch of people over at the time. So anyway, that’s sad. I mean, I understand it. I understand the reason that it’s been delayed. And I obviously I don’t approve of what Harvey did. I think it’s a little unfair to Alfonso the director just because he’s been working so hard. I just hope that the film gets out there.



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The Current War was supposed to release in UK cinemas today. Hopefully it won't be too delayed!

According to updated info on IMDb, the film will release 26 Jan in Norway and 1 Feb in Argentina. 



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Keep waiting for announcement on the current situation with The Current War!

Crossing fingers it will be that the film is sold elsewhere like Paddington 2 was, and released in its original form before HW got his grubby editing hands on it, so it is given a fresh start and the full attention the film, and all the artists /creatives involved with the project, deserve.



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It seems news on the ill-fated The Current War may come soon - the Weinstein Company are going through an assets sale, after declaring bankruptcy last month.

Since news of this whole scandal broke, part of me has wanted this film never to see the light of day, and I wondered if it would ever be able to lose the association with HW. But the bigger part wants the creatives involved to see their work celebrated as it should be.

Fingers crossed the hurt to this film and all those involved in its creation ends soon and it is released to the public, far away from the toxic fumes.

 

Oh and according to IMDb, TCW is getting a theatrical release in Norway 1 October 2018 now.  And do we know if it ever released in Argentina?



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Not sure if anyone is following the updates in this thread, but here is the latest via Deadline:

In a late development before final bids are due Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware for the assets of The Weinstein Company, director Timur Bekmambetovand his Bazelevs banner have petitioned the court to block the disposition of either The Current War or Apollo 18 until required payments of $800,000 to his company are made.

 

So it looks like even more of a delay for The Current War.

BUT, the most interesting thing (to me) in this latest development is:

"The director has recut the film so there is real value there."

 

Perhaps I missed this in earlier news, but it is significant that any future release of The Current War may be the director's original cut. yay

This not only separates it further from all the toxic horribleness but also gives some hope that it may have more of the Kemmel storyline related to Damien in it?!



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Very interesting...

 

Ironically, at the same time as directing or producing the Screenlife films, Bekmambetov has also been busy developing and producing a more traditional feature, The Current War, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison. The original coproducer was a certain Harvey Weinstein. Thanks to the scandal surrounding Weinstein and the bankruptcy of the Weinstein Company, The Current War is now in limbo. It showed in an unfinished version at the Toronto Film Festival last year. “We are waiting for the next distributor who will allow us to finish the movie.”



 

Via The Independent, 2 days ago.

So 'The Current War' is not actually finished? This is good! It means we could get a different film, with further separation from the W word.

 



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Interesting. Hopefully that sounds promising for a future release and particularly without the connection to Harvey Weinstein tainting it. It would seem unusual to have a film with Benedict Cumberbatch in that doesn't get released at some point.

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Interesting. Hopefully that sounds promising for a future release and particularly without the connection to Harvey Weinstein tainting it. It would seem unusual to have a film with Benedict Cumberbatch in that doesn't get released at some point.


 Yeah totally, maybe the only thing that would nix it is if BC himself decided he didn't want it released? As far as we know though he has  expressed his support in waiting for a release for more separation from the HW toxicity, but never said he didn't want it released eventually. For me, if it was a choice between the film a HW getting his comeuppance I'd not give a crap about the film. But as this is not the case, to permanently shelve the film would be a travesty - not only for us but  for all the creatives involved. I hope they can reclaim the film they made, it is theirs more than his. 



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It is pretty unthinkable that a film with BC would Sit on a shelf forever.  Hopefully we will see it someday. 



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At long last - here's some positive news about 'The Current War'!

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Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Current War' to Get International Release

 

 

The Weinstein Co. buyer Lantern Entertainment and 13 Films will distribute the Harvey Weinstein-tainted Thomas Edison biopic, as well as the unreleased horror film 'Polaroid.'

13 Films has partnered with Lantern Entertainment, an affiliate of The Weinstein Co. buyer Lantern Capital Partners, to handle foreign distribution of the Harvey Weinstein-tainted historical epic The Current War.

The film, which focuses on the rivalry between electricity innovators Thomas Edison (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), was a casualty in last year's fallout of the revelations about the disgraced movie mogul, who acted as producer on the project.

Lantern Capital Partners subsequently paid $289 million for what remained of TWC.

The partners will also handle the foreign distribution of the unreleased horror pic Polaroid after both titles were acquired through Lantern’s acquisition of assets of TWC. Current War also stars Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston and Tuppence Middleton.

Initially due for release last November, Current War has gone without a domestic release date. The film, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, first bowed at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Polaroid, based on the award-winning short by Lars Klevberg and from the producers of the The Ring and The Grudge, centers on high school loner Bird Fitcher, who he has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the vintage Polaroid camera she stumbles upon.

13 Films is an international distribution and finance company founded by Tannaz Anisi and based in Los Angeles. Lantern is an affiliate of Lantern Capital Partners, a indie studio with a library of over 270 films, including The King’s Speech and The Artist.

Via The Hollywood Reporter



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At last, something hopeful! It'll be next year now, but not too long till then now. Fingers crossed for a quick DVD release.

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Yes, it's looking like a 2019 release, and an international one! woohoo!
It would have been shocking (no pun intended) if this film never saw the light (), considering the cast and creative team. I'm very excited! action

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That's good news.  I was so looking forward to Damien and Benedict in the same movie. 



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I guess with the anticipation of waiting endlessly for this to be shown here in the US, I have become a real history geek reading about the people portrayed in the movie with obviously Damien's character my main focus. It really was a fascinating time in our history and the characters truly jump off the page. I can't wait to see this...….

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