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Martin Scorsese's three hour, NC-17 The Wolf of Wall Street is being edited to make a November 25th release

Oct. 9, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Word came down a few weeks ago that Martin Scorsese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET may move to a Christmas Day release or sometime in 2014 due to difficulties in editing down the film. This news came as a surprise as Scorsese is not exactly the kind of director who has to meet studio requirements with his films. Heck, GOODFELLAS, CASINO, THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YORK, and HUGO all were close to the 180 minute mark. Why would a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio be at risk of not making it's release date?

According to Showbiz411 is reporting that while Scorsese is now hoping that the film will be edited down in time for a November 25th release date, the reason may not just be running time on the film but also content. Rumors have the film's content being an easy NC-17 rating from the MPAA which always spells death for potential Oscar contenders. The trailer alone for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET insinuates copious amounts of drugs, violence, and sex in the fact-based story. NC-17 ratings are almost always related to nudity or sexual content, so that makes one wonder what the heck is going on in Martin Scorsese's film?

I completely understand that the studio needs to market the film to as wide of an audience as possible, but I am sure that everyone who was going to see an R-rated version of THE WOLF OF WALL STREET would be damn intrigued by an NC-17 version. Sure, we will probably get the director's cut on Blu-ray, but I really want to know what Uncle Marty included that is so objectionable.

If Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker do not make the proposed date, Christmas and a push to January for JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT may still be in the cards. While discussions have existed to push THE WOLF OF WALL STREET to next year, that would be brutal for the film's awards hopes. We will keep you updated if things change.

Source: Showbiz 411

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3:57PM on 10/09/2013
Can't wait to see this! Nov 25th or Christmas Day release, it's all good. But 2014, no don't!
Can't wait to see this! Nov 25th or Christmas Day release, it's all good. But 2014, no don't!
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3:58PM on 10/09/2013
This is one of my 3 most anticipated movies for the rest of the year. I completely trust what he wants to edit, but I guess the question is who wants the time/content edit? The studio, or Marty? I hope he doesn't make compromise the film bc of a date or an nc-17 rating (unless Leo really thinks this is his shot to win and that'd hurt his chances), but yea, the sand ppl interested in the film by its' subject matter, director, and cast, will certainly not be turned off by 3 hours an nc-17. If
This is one of my 3 most anticipated movies for the rest of the year. I completely trust what he wants to edit, but I guess the question is who wants the time/content edit? The studio, or Marty? I hope he doesn't make compromise the film bc of a date or an nc-17 rating (unless Leo really thinks this is his shot to win and that'd hurt his chances), but yea, the sand ppl interested in the film by its' subject matter, director, and cast, will certainly not be turned off by 3 hours an nc-17. If anything, I think they'd be more interested. I am. And I'd rather wait a year than him try to hit a date.
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3:59PM on 10/09/2013
*remove "make"*
*remove "make"*
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4:15PM on 10/09/2013

hope to see an 'unrated' cut or whatever on blu-ray!

really really want to see that... but, of course it's Marty so I'll be there at least once for the theatrical cut as well!
really really want to see that... but, of course it's Marty so I'll be there at least once for the theatrical cut as well!
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4:44PM on 10/09/2013
This article is incorrect. The editing deadline is November 25th, which would allow them a Christmas release and a month to amp up the marketing. After the 25th Marty is busy.
This article is incorrect. The editing deadline is November 25th, which would allow them a Christmas release and a month to amp up the marketing. After the 25th Marty is busy.
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7:10PM on 10/09/2013
THANK YOU. I was just gonna point that out too. November 25th is a Monday. It would never come out on a Monday unless it was Christmas.
THANK YOU. I was just gonna point that out too. November 25th is a Monday. It would never come out on a Monday unless it was Christmas.
5:08PM on 10/09/2013
So...WHY is it that an NC-17 rating spells death for oscar contenders? Is that just a phantom correlation, where only crappy movies have been NC-17...or have there been actual incidents where a genuine oscar contender was struck from the list due to its rating?
So...WHY is it that an NC-17 rating spells death for oscar contenders? Is that just a phantom correlation, where only crappy movies have been NC-17...or have there been actual incidents where a genuine oscar contender was struck from the list due to its rating?
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6:13PM on 10/09/2013
I'm not too sure about the issue as a whole but I know that Blue Valentine had a ton of Oscar buzz going for it, and at one point was projected to be a major Best Picture contender, with others predicting best director, best screenplay and actor/actress nods. There was a protracted appeals process where the film was eventually released with an "R" rating, but the film had trouble gaining a broad limited release as a result and while the reviews were solid some have suggested that its limited
I'm not too sure about the issue as a whole but I know that Blue Valentine had a ton of Oscar buzz going for it, and at one point was projected to be a major Best Picture contender, with others predicting best director, best screenplay and actor/actress nods. There was a protracted appeals process where the film was eventually released with an "R" rating, but the film had trouble gaining a broad limited release as a result and while the reviews were solid some have suggested that its limited viewership hurt its awards tally (it won A TON of awards but the only Oscar nod it got was for Williams as best actress).

Wayne Kramer has also been very vocal about the fact that he feels the NC-17 rating hurt The Cooler.
5:18PM on 10/09/2013
Martin Scorsese is one of the few directors I believe could make an NC-17 movie with little commercial backlash. The vast majority of his films are for mature audiences anyway. This isn't Shame, where the very subject of the film would make it almost impossible to deliver a reduced rating. But if he thinks it needs some shaving and tightening, then by all means.
Martin Scorsese is one of the few directors I believe could make an NC-17 movie with little commercial backlash. The vast majority of his films are for mature audiences anyway. This isn't Shame, where the very subject of the film would make it almost impossible to deliver a reduced rating. But if he thinks it needs some shaving and tightening, then by all means.
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5:20PM on 10/09/2013

FInal Cut

Sad part is that Scorsese doesn't believe in Director's Cuts unless a film has been completely taken away from the director (as was say TOUCH OF EVIL) and re-edited. He believes that the theatrical cut is the best one could do under all of the circumstances (studio interference, amount of time given, etc.) and that is the true representation of the film. I cannot disagree with this assessment, but think of all the better cuts we wouldn't have if everyone thought this way. His stance also means
Sad part is that Scorsese doesn't believe in Director's Cuts unless a film has been completely taken away from the director (as was say TOUCH OF EVIL) and re-edited. He believes that the theatrical cut is the best one could do under all of the circumstances (studio interference, amount of time given, etc.) and that is the true representation of the film. I cannot disagree with this assessment, but think of all the better cuts we wouldn't have if everyone thought this way. His stance also means we may never see the current 3-hour NC-17 cut.
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5:44PM on 10/09/2013
We want the orgy! We want the orgy! Just imagine the awkwardness of Jonah Hill in an orgy scene. Gold.
We want the orgy! We want the orgy! Just imagine the awkwardness of Jonah Hill in an orgy scene. Gold.
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6:33PM on 10/09/2013
No matter what he cuts I know it will be good. It's Martin Scorsese! So happy this is getting released this year.
No matter what he cuts I know it will be good. It's Martin Scorsese! So happy this is getting released this year.
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6:55PM on 10/09/2013
As long as its not being pushed back to add 3D, I'm ok with waiting if it means Scorsese can deliver the best movie possible. Maybe there's a curse with Leo. Great Gatsby was supposed to get release last Christmas and got pushed to this summer.
As long as its not being pushed back to add 3D, I'm ok with waiting if it means Scorsese can deliver the best movie possible. Maybe there's a curse with Leo. Great Gatsby was supposed to get release last Christmas and got pushed to this summer.
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8:19PM on 10/09/2013
Django Unchained was also supposed to be released last Christmas. And it was released... last Christmas.
Django Unchained was also supposed to be released last Christmas. And it was released... last Christmas.
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6:59PM on 10/09/2013

About MPAA's ratings

SHAME = Rated NC-17
SAW series = Rated R
And the moral is: showing sexual life on screen is worse than showing a human body tortured to death
Reason: Hypocrisy
Logic: Not too much. Maybe the MPAA is full of sadistic people who are virgins?
SHAME = Rated NC-17
SAW series = Rated R
And the moral is: showing sexual life on screen is worse than showing a human body tortured to death
Reason: Hypocrisy
Logic: Not too much. Maybe the MPAA is full of sadistic people who are virgins?
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7:18PM on 10/09/2013

Hugo?

Hugo is only 2hr6min. His shortest movie since Bringing Out the Dead. The Departed would make more sense as that was 2 and a half.
Hugo is only 2hr6min. His shortest movie since Bringing Out the Dead. The Departed would make more sense as that was 2 and a half.
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7:34PM on 10/09/2013
As long as it gets released this year, I'll be happy. I hate it when movies that I really want to see get delayed and then I have to wait another four to six months for it.

But I would love to see a three hour NC 17 cut of this film. The trailer alone makes the film already seem amazing.
As long as it gets released this year, I'll be happy. I hate it when movies that I really want to see get delayed and then I have to wait another four to six months for it.

But I would love to see a three hour NC 17 cut of this film. The trailer alone makes the film already seem amazing.
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9:56PM on 10/09/2013

Why

is it rated NC-17?
is it rated NC-17?
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10:05PM on 10/09/2013
Oh Come on! Martin Scorsese and NC-17? That's a match made in heaven.
Oh Come on! Martin Scorsese and NC-17? That's a match made in heaven.
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11:50PM on 10/09/2013
It's okay, all Scorsese has to do is tweak the colors of the blood (like he did with Taxi Driver) to get that R-rating, and the MPAA off his back so this wonderful looking movie can be graced before our eyes on November 25th!
It's okay, all Scorsese has to do is tweak the colors of the blood (like he did with Taxi Driver) to get that R-rating, and the MPAA off his back so this wonderful looking movie can be graced before our eyes on November 25th!
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11:58PM on 10/09/2013
Dammmit. I meant December 25th.
Dammmit. I meant December 25th.
5:12PM on 10/10/2013
NC17? Must have a female orgasm and/or cunnilingus in it.
NC17? Must have a female orgasm and/or cunnilingus in it.
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