Woman in the Window director Joe Wright says there was a much more brutal, unreleased version of his Netflix thriller.
The woman at the window director Joe Wright details the brutal, never-before-seen version of his Netflix film. Over the course of his career, the British director has developed an impressive resume full of critically acclaimed credits like Atonement, Pride and Prejudiceand darkest hour. Wright’s current movie Cyranoa musical based on the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac, was well received by critics and sits at 85% “freshness” on Rotten Tomatoes. Unfortunately, The woman at the window did not fare as well, with 26% reviews and 33% viewership, respectively.
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts and based on the 2018 book of the same name, The woman at the window follows agoraphobic psychologist Dr. Anna Fox (Amy Adams) who has been stuck in her New York home for months. When new neighbors move in across the street, Anna meets Ethan Russell (Fred Hechinger) and his mother Jane Russell (Julianne Moore), quickly becoming friends with them. One night, Anna witnesses Jane’s brutal murder at the hands of her husband Alistair (Gary Oldman) and quickly calls the police. To his surprise, however, the police introduce Anna to Alistair’s wife, still alive but now played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. Unsure of what is real and what isn’t, Anna is determined to uncover what she believes to be a lie, leading her to unravel the mysteries of her dark past.
Wright recently explained to Vulture that there was a much more brutal version of The woman at the window which has not been published. After its initial version of the Netflix thriller suffered from poor test screenings, the film was re-shot and re-cut in its current version. Wright says the final edit was “much diluted” and detailed some of the deleted scenes. Read his full comments below.
“It was a long, protracted, frustrating experience. The movie that finally came out wasn’t the movie I originally made. It was like, Oh, goddamn hell. You live and you learn It was watered down. It I watered down a lot. It was a lot more brutal in my original design. Both aesthetically, with some really fucking hard bits and some really violent music… It was brutal. was brutalist. And would you believe it? They didn’t. I like it! [Laughs] I still think people are going to understand what I’m doing and of course it’s worth spending X million dollars on some kind of formal experiment on fucking anxiety. And when people say, “Hmmm, that’s not really what we…”, I’m surprised… There’s a great scene where she slept with the guy downstairs and stuff like that. It was very different. I’m not going to kid myself. Maybe it’s just that it was a movie that didn’t work out and that’s okay too. As artists, we have the right to fail. We have to keep pushing ourselves.”
The woman at the windows story wasn’t all that was changed, however. Wright revealed that Nine inch nails‘ Trent Reznor originally scored the film before Danny Elfman joined, describing Reznor’s soundtrack as “amazing…abrasive and hardcore.The director speculated that the reasons behind the “the water[ing] down” by Netflix The woman at the window had to do with Dr. Fox’s gender, as Adams’ character was a woman subjected to horrific experiences, whose drug and alcohol abuse contributed to her self-destructive behavior. Wright argued that “Unfortunately, audiences like women to be nice in their movies. They don’t want to see them get dirty and ugly and dark and drunk and take pills.The director believes that ultimately Adams the female lead was a factor behind the film’s negative reviews.
Asked about a potential The woman at the window director’s cut, Wright replied that he would “I love doing it.” Over the years, many directors have had a second chance to recut their films in accordance with their original vision. A notable example is Ridley Scott, whose director’s cut of his sci-fi masterpiece blade runner is widely considered superior to the original theatrical version. Director’s cuts have often been well received and appreciated by both audiences and critics, another prime example being the recent fan-driven #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign that pushed Warner Bros. get out Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a film panned by critics and marred by controversy after the original version was remade by Joss Whedon. With Wright’s original version already shot, edited and the original score already completed, a director’s cut of The woman at the window is far more plausible and cheaper than the financial juggernaut that was Snyder’s movie, so maybe it’ll rise to the challenge.
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