Oscar-winning filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) announced that his latest film Final Cut will no longer premiere as part of the Sundance lineup after the film festival canceled its in-person component. In a statement, Hazanavicius and the team of filmmakers explained their decision to pull the project.
“We fully support Sundance’s decision to move the festival to a virtual format, as the safety of audiences and filmmakers is of paramount importance,” they stated. “However, we believe that it is best to premiere ‘Final Cut’ in a theater with a live audience and have made the difficult decision to remove the film from this year’s festival. We wish Sundance and all the filmmakers involved an excellent festival and look forward to sharing ‘Final Cut’ with audiences very soon.”
Things go badly for a small film crew shooting a low-budget zombie movie when they are attacked by real zombies. Final Cut, the French remake of Shinichiro Ueda’s 2017 Japanese film One Cut Of The Dead center on a zombie outbreak that happens while a crew is trying to shoot a low-budget zombie movie. Ueda’s original film was highly praised for breathing fresh life into the genre, and since Hazanavicius’ The Artist won five Oscars in 2012 including Best Picture, the French remake is highly anticipated. Final Cut stars Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo, Grégory Gadebois, Finnegan Oldfield, Matilda Lutz, and Raphaël Quenard.
Sundance organizers announced last week that the 2022 edition of the film festival would be presented virtually, due to rising cases of COVID-19. “Final Cut” is the only film to date to drop off the Sundance lineup, after the festival pivoted to a virtual model in 2021.
The 2022 Sundance Film Festival will begin virtually on Thursday, January 20. The festival, which runs January 20-30, is just one of a growing list of notable events to cancel or postpone their in-person plans.