Ridley Scott Set to Release 4-Hour Director’s Cut of ‘Napoleon’ on Apple TV+

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Ridley Scott Set to Release 4-Hour Director’s Cut of ‘Napoleon’ on Apple TV+

Renowned director Ridley Scott is bringing his signature director’s cut style to his upcoming film “Napoleon.” The historical epic, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the French general and emperor, will be four hours long when it debuts on Apple TV+ in early 2023.

In an interview with Total Film Magazine, Scott expresses his excitement over Sony Pictures’ partnership with Apple Original Films. This collaboration allows for a full theatrical release and the creative freedom that streaming platforms offer. Scott explains that the plan is to first screen the theatrical cut with Sony and follow it up with the director’s cut, which currently stands at four hours and ten minutes.

“Napoleon” is scheduled for release on Thanksgiving weekend by Sony Pictures. The film delves into the captivating rise and fall of one of the most prominent figures in French history, focusing on his tumultuous relationship with Empress Josephine, portrayed by Vanessa Kirby.

This project marks a reunion for Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix, who last collaborated more than two decades ago on the Oscar-winning film “Gladiator.” In addition to “Napoleon,” Scott is also working on a sequel to “Gladiator,” which is set to be released in November 2024 after being delayed by the SAG-AFTRA strike.


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