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Kenneth Lonergan’s MARGARET could hit theaters this year

Julian Stark

by: Julian Stark
May 26th, 2011

Anna Paquin as she appears in Kenneth Lonergan's MARGARET

Since Kenneth Lonergan’s post-9/11 drama MARGARET finished filming in 2005, it's become something of a distribution nightmare thanks to its lengthy three-hour running time and several legal issues.

After several delays of its release thanks to the aforementioned issues, The Playlist relays that Gary Gilbert, who’s producing MARGARET, wants the film out before the year is over, confirming that Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker are editing the film despite the legal dilemmas it still faces. Then again, Fox Searchlight stated last year that there was “a finished cut by Lonergan” already, so don’t be surprised if it gets pushed back yet again.

MARGARET definitely sounds like an interesting film, especially considering the cast that includes Oscar-winning True Bloodstar Anna Paquin, Jean Reno, and Mark Ruffalo among others.

However, it’s a bit peculiar that the three-hour running time has been such an issue. Would this film really be a huge mainstream success, even with half of its time cut? That’s doubtful. Since editing has proven to be quite the dilemma, is it a film that can survive being significantly cut to still flow fluidly? Probably not, but here’s hoping that Lonergan's creation sees theatrical distribution in the near future.

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