Kristen Bell by Jamie McCarthy/ WireImage.com
To cancer or not to cancer? That's the question that has prompted the Weinstein Co. to release two versions of
on DVD, and to explore the option of a theatrical release for the much-delayed film. A vocal bunch of
fan supporters, however, are threatening to boycott the studio if
isn't released to theaters exactly (and only) the way the filmmakers intended.
was conceived as a road-trip dramedy about four friends - including one who has cancer - who break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch on the eve of the release of
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Stand by Me
, but with Wookiees and light-sabers.)
Weinstein spokespeople have claimed that the cancer storyline confused the tone of the movie, which it envisioned as more of a straight comedy - in particular because of the recent successes of the film's then-lesser-known cast members Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel. So they ordered reshoots that excised the cancer story entirely, and then tested both versions.
The cancer-free cut won by a slim margin, leading Weinstein to consider the dual-version release plan. Mark down another victory for freedom of expression - oh, and capitalism.
I have to admit, when I heard the pitch for this film, I thought, "Excellent." But interestingly, I didn't know about the cancer subplot. What do you think? Is it better to go for the straight funny, or is
laughter through tears
your favorite emotion, too? -