Ridley Scott wants streaming audiences to immerse themselves in the world of “Napoleon” for four hours.
The Oscar-winning director revealingly confirmed a director’s cut of the upcoming period piece starring Joaquin Phoenix as the French dictator Total film that a four-hour cut will be available on Apple TV+.
“I’m working on it,” Scott said of the edit. “It was four [hours] 10 [minutes] this morning. So what’s going to happen is we’re going to do a screening [the theatrical cut] First with Sony, then it runs its course, and then it’s perfect [the director’s cut] goes to streaming and we have four hours and 10 minutes.”
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Scott added that the production lasted just 62 days and included the reenactment of six historical battles.
“Every scene is geometry,” Scott said. “We shot “Napoleon” in 62 days with 11 to 14 cameras. “I’m doing Gladiator 2 in 54 days now because I don’t do 50 takes with one camera, one shot and then turn around.”
Originally titled Kitbag, Napoleon stars Vanessa Kirby as Napoleon’s wife, Empress Joséphine. Scott teased it before Rich magazine that the longer cut will focus more on Kirby’s performance.
Scott explained that Phoenix’s Oscar-winning performance in Joker inspired him to reunite with the Gladiator actor for Napoleon.
“I stare at Joaquin and say, ‘That little demon is Napoleon Bonaparte,'” Scott said of the 2019 Todd Phillips film. “He looks like him. […] I think with “Napoleon” we put a lot of effort into finding the character that was at least close to what he might have been. Joaquin is probably the most extraordinary and thoughtful actor I have ever worked with.”
“Napoleon” is scheduled to hit theaters on November 22nd and stream on Apple TV+ at an unspecified later date. For all the details on “Napoleon” click here.