'Amelie' helmer blames Weinstein for not releasing film in US

'Amelie' director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has blamed Harvey Weinstein for delaying the US release of his 3D drama 'The Young and Prodigious T S Spivet'.

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 28, 2015, 14:57 PM IST

Los Angeles: 'Amelie' director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has blamed Harvey Weinstein for delaying the US release of his 3D drama 'The Young and Prodigious T S Spivet'.

The Weinstein Co, on its part, says they are going ahead with a spring release of the movie, which was released in Europe in later half of 2013, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

TWC acquired US rights to the new film by the director as Weinstein had also distributed 'Amelie' with Miramax Films.

"If the film is not yet released in the USA, it's only because Harvey Weinstein bought it, and of course Mr Weinstein wants to re-edit it," Jeunet said at a screening of the film for International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society in Los Angeles.

"Luckily I have the final cut because I'm French and it's a French and Canada co-production... But he put the pressure, for a question of power, to cut it. Maybe Harvey Weinstein won't ever release the film. It's just a question of power."

A production house spokesperson for TWC, however, said the distributor plans to release the film without any edit.

"We think 'T S Spivet' is a beautiful, artistic film and a great family-friendly film. We did have some concerns over some of the scenes that, while they may be family-friendly in France, may not be seen that way in the US But when Jean-Pierre and the producer said they wanted to leave those scenes in, we were 100 percent fine," TWC said in a statement.

"We worked with Jean-Pierre on Amelie and have nothing but complete respect for his talent and artistic vision, and look forward to working with him on this film."