SCI FI Wire spoke with 'Southland Tales' director Richard Kelly who talked about the reworking of his movie after a weak critical reception. That work involved adding over 100 visual-effects shots as well as new scenes to clarify the story.
"The whole prologue, the 'Doomsday Scenario' interface in the prologue, that was added," Kelly said in a telephone interview last week. "All of the news content—the state-of-the-world news in the film—was all added."
Much of the new content hadn't been completed when the movie screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, garnering harsh reviews. "That wasn't ready for Cannes," Kelly said of the news bytes. "And then all the rioting and the burning buildings and the thousands of people in the streets [in the finale], all that stuff was [added]. [Before, the scene] was just empty. It was just like, there was supposed to be rioting, but the streets just looked empty. So it was unfinished. And [the changes mark a] significant improvement in all that stuff."