Apple original film Napoleon will hit theaters in November starring Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby. Director Ridley Scott told Total Film Magazine that he is also working on an extended cut of the film, which will stream on Apple TV+.
The director's cut is currently over four hours long. compared to the theatrical version's running time of 2 hours and 38 minutes. It's clear that Scott is taking full advantage of the freedom of streaming over the restrictions of theatrical release.
Napoleon tells the story of the ruler's rise and fall, and the impact of his relationship with Josephine. The film depicts six epic battles – involving artillery fire, horseback and infantry – that demonstrate Napoleon's superior military strategy. Ridley Scott previously mentioned that the extended cut would allow him to show more of Josephine's life before meeting Napoleon.
Apple TV+ will presumably stream both the theatrical cut and the director's cut. , allowing viewers to choose how long they want to be immersed in the world of Napoleon Bonaparte. This will be the first time Apple TV+ has offered multiple versions of the same title on its platform.
Napoleon is the second Apple film to receive a wide theatrical release before streaming on Apple TV+ as part of a new strategy , according to which the company will invest $1 billion annually in blockbusters. The first is Killers of the Flower Moon, which will be released in cinemas worldwide on October 20th. The release date of the film “Napoleon” in cinemas is set for November 22.
The company has not yet announced exactly when the film will be released. The films will be available on Apple TV+, but most likely they will appear on the service a couple of months after the theatrical premiere.