LES MISÉRABLES EXTENDED VERSION
The time is now! The day is here!
What is this about?
The 2012 Les Misérables film is 2.5 hours long. However, Tom Hooper’s original director’s cut included almost 4 hours of footage. What happened in all those scenes that were excluded from the final version? Many of us have been wanting to see them for years, but neither Hooper nor Universal Pictures have expressed their intentions to release an extended cut anytime soon.
And how do we plan to make them change their mind?
We are going to make them see that many people are still interested in the release of an extended version. We want to prove to Universal Pictures, their producers, and Hooper that they would profit from releasing a longer version of the film. But we need your help. Let’s not give them one reason, but thousands. Specifically, 24601.
Count me in! How can I help?
Just tell us why you want to have an extended version! Are there any of the cut scenes from the movie which you would like to see restored? Do you have a favourite character that you would like to see more of? Or did you just like the film so much that you would happily watch a longer version of it? Any reason is a good reason! It can be as simple as a sentence or you can write a very long paragraph about it, it’s up to you! Send your reason to firstname.lastname@example.org, adding your first name and your country. For example, this could be your message if you were a certain writer very interested in details:
“The sewers definitely deserved more screen time.” (Victor, France)
Why do you want to know my name and my country?
This is a worldwide petition and we want to show Universal Pictures et al. that there are real people from all over the world who would buy an extended cut. Your name and country alone won’t be enough to identify you if you don’t want anyone to know who you are, that is why we are not asking for anything more specific such as your last name or city. Your reason will be published in a similar format to the example above and we won’t share your e-mail address or any other personal information with anyone.
Can I write to you in any language?
Since we’re going to contact people whose first language is English, we encourage you to write in English because that way we will be able to send them your reason exactly as you wrote it. However, if you don’t feel confident enough to write in English, you can use any of these languages and one of our collaborators will translate it for you. (Don’t forget to tell us in the subject line what language you’re writing in!)
And how are you going to send our reasons to the people who have a say in this?
We are going to collect all your reasons on a huge document and send it to Universal Pictures on the 25th of December, the movie’s fifth anniversary, with a letter explaining this project’s purpose. Since the document may be too large to send via e-mail (and since the people who check the company’s messages may not open attached files from unknown senders), we will probably upload it on Dropbox or a similar platform and send them the link so they can read it there.
We will also be sharing your reasons or some fragments of them on Twitter (@MisExtended) and on our Tumblr blog (lesmisextendedversion.tumblr.com) and we are contacting the press to make sure our voice is heard in as many places as possible.
Is there anything else I can do to help?
Sure, there are plenty of things you can do!
- Do you have a Tumblr or
Twitter account? Share this petition with all your followers!
- Do you know anyone who
would like to join us but doesn’t use the internet? Tell them about us, find
out their reason and send it to us if they’re okay with it!
- Can you speak any
language besides English? Join our translation team!
- Are you good at drawing?
Share your art with us!
- Do you know any
press/media that might be interested in our campaign? Tell us about them so
that we can contact them!
Write to email@example.com and share your ideas with us to help us reach more people!