Taika Waititi Doesn’t Want a Directors Cut of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’
It has been the primary conversation surrounding the film since its release, with the runtime and amount of cut footage fueling fans’ desire to see just what could have been in the film; but it doesn’t seem likely, as Taika Waititi doesn’t want directors cut of Thor: Love and Thunder.
Leading up to the film’s theatrical release, it seemed like there were two primary issues that the film was confronted with during its promotional campaign; the incredibly short runtime for such an anticipated event, and the amount of footage that wasn’t put in the final cut.
A source of controversy for months prior to its release, there were rumblings as to how short Thor: Love and Thunder were going to be rumblings that still didn’t do justice to the short runtime that awaited fans when it finally arrived in theaters this past week.
The disappointment that fans felt at the film’s shorter runtime was only made worse when some of the film’s cast commented on the tremendous amount of footage that was cut from the film; with Natalie Portman noting that entire sequences didn’t make the final product.
These two factors have led to a lot of desire for fans to see a version of the film that features a lot of these scenes cut out, but it doesn’t appear to be happening any time soon, as director Taika Waititi revealed that he doesn’t want directors cut of Thor: Love and Thunder.
Speaking to New Musical Express, Waititi stated, “I’ve been thinking about directors cuts, I watch directors cuts of a lot of other directors. They suck. Directors’ cuts are not good. Directors need to be controlled sometimes and if I was to say, ‘Ah, you wanna watch my directors cut? It’s four and a half hours long!'”
Waititi added, “It’s not good at four and a half hours. There’s a lot of cup-of-tea breaks in there, you don’t even have to pause it.” He added that he really has no desire to make directors cut for this current film.
Waititi concluded, “I’d say my cut would probably have a few more joked in there, there might be a couple of deleted scenes but as I always say, a scene is deleted because it’s not good enough to be in the film.”
We can all hope that, eventually, we’ll get an extended version of Thor: Love and Thunder, but it doesn’t seem likely with the director clearly making his opinion on extended cuts known.