SPARTACUS: DIRECTOR’S CUT
HOLLYWOOD- Following the release of the new director’s cut of Dr. Strangelove, the Stanley Kubrick estate has decided to release an alternate cut of the director’s 1960 slave rebellion picture Spartacus.
The cut will include an alternate ending which reveals a much more pessimistic view of human nature.
‘This is what Stanley actually believed would have happened,’ said a spokesperson for the estate.
At this stage in his career he was still under the pressure to make a Hollywood picture and Kirk Douglas also had much more power than even Stanley. Remember Kubrick was hired for this job while the film was already in production.
Other changes include:
- A sex scene between Laurence Olivier and Tony Curtis (Anthony Hopkins provides the moans and groans on the soundtrack).
- CGI gore in the battle scenes supervised by Peter Jackson.
- A tiger in the famous gladiator battle with Woody Strode, courtesy of Ridley Scott.
Spartacus: the Final Version will be released later this month.