Mr. Beaks over at Ain’t It Cool served up a bit of news concerning the seemingly besieged Punisher: War Zone, culled from the message boards on Thomas Jane and Tim Bradstreet’s Raw Studios site.
In it, the film’s cinematographer Steve Gainer, ASC takes issue with the bad buzz that’s been collectively bunching panties since Comic Con. Here’s his statement:
Holy smokes, I go away and shoot some kids stuff for Disney, and the whole world is a different color when I return. Again I appear here to dispel rumors. Please believe:
Lexi is not off the film
Lexi is still involved in the edit process
The film is not (nor could it ever be) PG-13
Today I saw a cut that ran 91 minutes
Lexi did in fact get married
Lexi is an incredibly talented director, and this film kicks major ass, as will be proven when it is released IN THEATRES DECEMBER 5th
The film is most certainly not all exploding heads, but will reveal a great deal of Franks personna and pain
This film has been difficult from the begining, from a bitter Canadian winter, to endless nights, to rampant sickness, Lexi has fought to make a killer Punisher film for fans and non fans alike.
Initially we were to release in September, but for whatever reason (not the quality of the film or edit IMHO) it was decided to release in December. That extra time has given everyone a chance to put their two cents worth in, but rest assured, Lexi is still stearing the boat, and she is a great captain.
When I hear vicious unfounded troll rumors like the “film was unwatchable” or “a total mess” it makes my blood boil. I want to punish the corrupt. People sit on their fat asses trolling the internet, people that have never even looked through a motion picture camera, and make judgements on a work of art that they’ve never seen, it’s like saying a baby will be ugly before it is born, I can’t freaking wait for this film to come out and prove the nay-sayers wrong.
Sorry for the rant, I just love something wonderful you have yet to see-
This pretty much backs up what I was saying a few weeks ago. I don’t know why or how the hell all of this apparently bogus information is finding its way out of Lionsgate, or where the hell Lexi Alexander is that she can’t release some kind of official statement along these lines, but I do know Steve Gainer and he’s got a killer bullshit detector.
Trust me on this one, guys.
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