Babylon A.D. Update: Two Versions, Release Date Pushed Back

Got an email asking about “Babylon A.D.”, so I backtracked any news I could find on it via the web. The latest update on Vin Diesel’s sci-fi actioner is old news — earlier this month, it was reported that Fox studios would be delivering two versions of the movie into theaters, with U.S. audiences getting a shorter version, although it was not immediately clear how much shorter the American version will be. What is known is that the European version (aka the uncut version) is pretty bloody long, with the estimated running length of a whopping two hours and 40 minutes. Should a movie without the words “Lord of the Rings” or “directed by Steven Spielberg” somewhere in the credits be that long?

Via, the other news is that the film has had its release date pushed back — way back. How far back? From the initial date of February 2008 all the way back to August 2008. This is very similar to what Fox did to Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine”, thereby practically guaranteeing the film’s low box office numbers since everyone who had wanted to see the film had already seen it on DVD. This was despite very positive reviews in the mainstream press for the film.

So what does this mean? Get ready for the “Babylon A.D.” DVD. Get it from Europe, and you’ll get a longer version to boot.

Veteran-turned-mercenary Thoorop (Diesel) takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to China. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah.

Starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Mark Strong, Gérard Depardieu, and Charlotte Rampling, and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz.

Babylon A.D. Update: Two Versions, Release Date Pushed Back