What…another Paul Schrader post-production hassle? Lionsgate/Grindstone has taken away his latest, Dying of the Light, presumably because they believe that Schrader’s version of the film will be less commercial than their cut. I’ll always think of myself as a Schrader loyalist but it’s always something with this guy…always some rumpus in post. “We lost the battle,” Schrader has written on his Facebook page. “Dying of the Light, a film I wrote and directed, was taken away from me, redited, scored and mixed without my imput. Yesterday Grindstone (a division of Lionsgate) released the poster and the trailer. They are available on line. Here we are, Nick Cage, Anton Yelchin, Nic Refn and myself, wearing our ‘non-disparagement’ T-shirts. The non-disparagement clause in an artist’s contract gives the owners of the film the right to sue the artist should the owner deem anything the artist has said about the film to be ‘derogatory.’ I have no comment on the film or others connected with the picture.”
We do none harm. We say none harm. We think none harm. And if this be not enough to keep the director’s cut of a film intact and available, then in good faith we long not to live.