One of the more unusual films to come out this year, “Cats”, was released in cinemas last week.

While many things could be said about the film itself, it’s interesting to see that Universal Studio sent out a notice to thousands of theaters that they would be receiving an updated version of the adaptation – after the film had already premiered.

Source: Variety

The Hollywood Reporter, who has obtained a detailed memo about the move, stated that the updated version will contain some improvement over the film’s CGI effects. They have also received word that the replacement was done under the request of the film’s director, Tom Hooper.

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The 47-year-old director has reportedly been pretty up front about the film, saying that he was barely finished with his CGI-heavy flick for its world premier at Alice Tully Hall in New York, last week on Monday (16th December 2019). Some reports even suggested that he wanted to make extra changes to the film for certain effects.

Source: Bloomberg

Theaters will be able to download the updated film on Sunday (22nd December 2019) via a satellite server, while exhibitors who don’t have access to the server will receive a hard drive by Tuesday (24th December 2019), per Universal’s note. The theaters was also asked by the studio to replace the current version of “Cats” as soon as possible.

However, it might be a little too late for the film, as it has already been heavily pan by critics – receiving a rotten status on Rotten Tomatoes with 17% critic score (at the time of writing). Considering that the film cost around $100 million (RM 414 million) to make, and that the flick just garnered around $2.6 million on its opening day, it’s safe to say that it seems like this will be another Hollywood bust.

 

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Despite its efforts to better the musical, even with its 9 lives, the disastrous “Cats” can’t be saved.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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