Babylon A.D. will finally be released in the upcoming days and we will be able to see the latest Vin Diesel action-fest. Although, one man who will not be doing any publicity for the film is director Mathieu Kassovitz, who recently spoke to AMC and told them why he is not particularly happy with his own movie…or 20th Century Fox.
“I’m very unhappy with the film,” he says. “I never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn’t respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience.”
“It’s pure violence and stupidity,” he admits. “The movie is supposed to teach us that the education of our children will mean the future of our planet. All the action scenes had a goal: They were supposed to be driven by either a metaphysical point of view or experience for the characters… instead parts of the movie are like a bad episode of 24.”
The film’s production was reportedly riddled with problems, from vast delays to budgetary concerns to weather setbacks. Kassovitz points to the studio, “Fox was sending lawyers who were only looking at all the commas and the dots,” he says. “They made everything difficult from A to Z.” The last stroke, Kassovitz says, was when Fox interfered with the editing of the film, paring it down to a confusing 93 minutes.
“I should have chosen a studio that has guts. Fox was just trying to get a PG-13 movie. I’m ready to go to war against them, but I can’t because they don’t give a shit.”
Fox once again prove that all they are good at is pissing people off and turning good material into your typical mindless blockbuster. I was interesting in seeing Babylon A.D. but now I am not too sure.