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Ridley Scott Teases “Fantastic” Four & A Half Hour Long Cut Of Napoleon Movie-TGN


  • Director Ridley Scott has a four-and-a-half hour long cut of the film Napoleon, providing a more in-depth focus on the character’s first wife Joséphine.
  • The movie currently runs for 2 hours and 38 minutes, offering viewers a substantial look into Napoleon’s rise to power in France.
  • Scott is hopeful that Apple might screen the extended cut of the film in the future, allowing audiences to experience the full length and richness of the story.

Napoleon director Ridley Scott has revealed the existence of a cut of the film that clocks in at four-and-a-half hours long. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as its titular character, documenting his rise to power in France, becoming the first Emperor of the nation. According to reports, the film is 2 hours and 38 minutes in length, making it a large look at Napoleon’s life.

However, speaking with Empire Magazine, Scott revealed that he has a cut of the Napoleon movie that runs for almost four-and-a-half hours. According to the report, the extended cut has more focus on Napoleon’s first wife Joséphine prior to meeting the future Emperor. He hopes that, someday in the future, Apple might screen the extended cut of the film.

Will Napoleon’s Extended Cut Be Released?

Napoleon gets inside the mind of the tyrant who ruled over France in the early 1800s. The force with which Napoleon took power in France during the French Revolution underscores how driven the country’s first Emperor was in gaining and maintaining his power. The film will explore many aspects of his life, including the relationship between him and Joséphine, which could no doubt justify a movie that’s over four hours long.

Given the massive impact Napoleon had on European history, it’s understandable why Scott would have such a lengthy cut of the movie. This is especially true if the film is also meant to center around those who were major parts of Napoleon’s legacy, such as Joséphine, his advisor Duke Caulaincourt, and his brother Lucien. A cut that borders on 270 minutes would also be able to explore the Napoleonic Wars more in-depth, given their violent part of Napoleon’s history.

Depending on the critical and commercial success of the biopic, the film’s extended cut could be released by Apple. It’s not unheard of for studios to release massive extended cuts of their films, such as Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 2021. Despite no word yet on whether Apple would release it or not, the extended cut of Napoleon has a chance of getting release in the future – especially if Scott himself hopes to one day screen it.

Source: Empire Magazine

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