American History X Directors Cut Coming...Sort Of
New Line makes nice with Tony Kaye.
"New Line did come to me a couple years ago and were very interested to release the director's cut and would I be so kind," said Kaye. "So I said there is a film called Humpty Dumpty that I made. I documented my fight, not from the very beginning but from the time that I went to the Toronto Film Festival in 1998 and had the film pulled from the festival. They're going to release that film next year which is a documentary film."
The actual "cut" of Kaye's version no longer exists, but the documentary will convey what he would have done. "In a way, that's what American History X might have been. My director's cut, what I was fighting for, doesn't exist but in the film, in Humpty Dumpty, I explain kind of what I was trying to do back then. I would do it now if there was a call for it but it would take a budget and all kinds of time. I don't think New Line would be so keen to do that."
They are, however, supportive of Kaye's documentary, warts and all. "They've been great about it."
Tony Kaye's latest film -- Lake of Fire, an abortion documentary 15 years in the making -- is currently out in limited release.