Outlaw King director trimming 20 minutes from film after TIFF premiere
Director David Mackenzie’s medieval Netflix epic is getting a shorter runtime after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. As reported by Deadline, it was the reactions from the crowd at the TIFF screening that inspired the Outlaw King director to trim 20 minutes from the films, knocking it down from 137 minutes to a lean 117, just under two hours.
Mackenzie said he didn’t even read any reviews or reactions to the film, but rather “could feel what the audience was like in the theater. I’m sensitive to the way they felt.” The re-cut film will screen at the London Film Festival on October 17 ahead of its premiere on Netflix in November.
The edits will reportedly help the pacing of the film, which some felt took too long to get to the climax.
The untold, true story of Robert the Bruce who transforms from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I of England. Despite grave consequences, Robert seizes the Scottish crown and rallies an impassioned group of men to fight back against the mighty army of the tyrannical King and his volatile son, the Prince of Wales.
Outlaw King stars Chris Pine (Star Trek, Hell or High Water) Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) and Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) as King Edward I. The feature film is produced by long-time filmmaking partners David Mackenzie and Gillian Berrie via their production company Sigma Films, and Richard Brown and Steve Golin of Anonymous Content.
Outlaw King will be released on Netflix worldwide on November 9.