In an interview with Screen Rant, Baz Luhrmann said he’s been questioned by fans on Twitter about the lengthened “Elvis” cut. “All my tweets are nothing but, ‘We want the four hour version! We want the four-hour version!’ I think people are standing at my gates with pitchforks and saying, ‘We want the four-hour version!’” While Luhrmann told the site he wouldn’t write off the idea of an extended version of Elvis, he sees it not one it’s coming out soon.
“Because it’s not just how I got it and you just bring it out. In post production you have to do visual effects, grading, editing, refinement and ADR sound every minute. It’s not what it is.” I just sit there and I’m done, and I can just push a button and it comes out,” Luhrmann told Screen Rant. “You’d have to come back in and work on it. To make a longer cut you’d have to work on it for another four or six months. I’m not closed, but not right now. I’m a bit on the tired side.”
Luhrmann will probably not rest for long. In all likelihood, Warner Bros. will be running an awards campaign for “Elvis,” meaning Luhrmann and Austin Butler will participate in interviews and special screenings to raise awareness of the film while critics and industry voters begin to ponder their nominations.
As Luhrmann puts together his four-hour cut of “Elvis,” it won’t be the first time a filmmaker has gone the extra mile in this way. After retiring from Justice League following a family tragedy, writer-director Zack Snyder eventually reworked the two-hour version of the film, which was released in 2017 by his replacement director, Joss Whedon. Four years later – with new effects and additional scenes – “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” made its long-awaited debut on HBO Max.