Pitt’s "Jesse James": Dead or Alive?

assassination-of-jesse-jamesNearly two years after filming was completed, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford has yet to hit theaters. It’s the story of Jesse James’ last robbery and the betrayal by his partner/friend Robert Ford, who is played by Casey Affleck. With Brad Pitt starring as Jesse James one would think the studio behind it (Warner Bros.) would be rushing the film into theaters ASAP. Not so. The Los Angeles Times detailed the post-production issues that have kept the film from being released. The main problem seems to be the usual in this case. The filmmaker’s vision vs. the studio’s vision. And by vision I mean how the film is edited. The filmmaker (Director Andrew Dominik) wants a dark character piece while the Warner Bros. wants an action-oriented film. Different versions of Jesse James have screened with test audiences earning good notes for the acting and not much else. Ridley Scott and Saving Private Ryan editor Michael Kahn were even brought in to try and cut the film to meet everyone’s desires. We’ll find out if they had any luck on September 21st. That is the newest release date. That is, until they change it again.

Read the Los Angeles Times article here.
Read more about the real Jesse James here.

1 comment… add one
  • pitthater May 5, 2007, 8:38 am

    given brad pitt’s horrible acting skills – or I should say, lack of acting skills – no editor can save this film unless they remove him from the film altogether. I hate brad pitt.


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