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The Les Miserables movie clocks in at a lengthy 2 hours and 37 minutes, but at first assembly the film was just under four hours in length.

So is an extended version a possibility? Director Tom Hooper recently addressed the question.

In an interview with Colldier, Hooper explained one of the biggest challenges in getting the film down to its final version: the songs. “If we were singing you can’t just stick your knife in, you can’t take a second out here a second out there a sentence out there because the musical construction falls all over the place. And I realized in the end that the only way I could get it down any more, and I was very committed to getting it down to 2:30, was to try to become more expert at the detail of musical construction so that I could really understand in terms of bars what was possible and what was not possible.”

So with lots of material still available from that original four hour version, would he like to release an extended version? “I used to think definitely I would do a longer version, [but] having been through the oil tanker that this thing is, to wrestle it to where we got it, I’m aware that the moment you go, ‘let’s go back in’ it’s not a simple process,” he explained. “But let’s see how it goes and if we feel there’s tremendous demand I’d always consider it. It’s difficult because at the same time I feel that I’ve paced it as I wanted it to be paced and do I want to put out in a world a less well paced version? I’m not sure. If there’s interest in the community of fans of the musical then I would definitely consider it.”

Hardcore fans who love the musical in its various forms would probably welcome a Les Miserables Extended Edition, but one of the more common complaints about the film is that it’s a bit long. Thus, the average moviegoer would likely not be interested in the additional songs and scenes. We imagine the studio may put some pressure on him to do it given the box office success and the franchise’s passionate audience.

Would you like to see a ‘Les Miserables’ Extended Edition?

The musical movie opened on Christmas Day.

  • DrWho-Glee-HP-Fan

    I really hope they do put out an extended edition. The movie as it currently is is paced pretty well, but, being very familiar with the musical, I felt there were a couple things missing. I can see them doing it for money’s sake, if nothing else.

  • Allison L.

    demand.demand.demand.demand.demand!!!!

  • Kavitha

    I demand this tremendously.

  • antonia31

    You know what I’d “demand” before this?
    An album that at least has all the musical numbers on it. And I’m not talking about the recitativo dialogue, I’m talking about just having all of the actual SONGS on it. It’s still unfathomable to me why this isn’t available yet.

    • Harry Potter

      Although they definitely should release more songs, the question is what would qualify as SONGS. For example, the version that I have still has Little People as an entire song, but they don’t necessarily need to play the very short snippets from the movie.

      • antonia31

        I agree that it’s not crystal clear to classify, but I think it’s definitely clearer than I think you’re implying?

        The Little People on the original london recording is a full song, unlike the current incarnation in the stage production (as well as the movie). It was cut after the original production down to its current size, which no I personally would not classify as a full number. Thus I didn’t really expect Little People to make the CD. I wasn’t complaining about the absence of things like Little People, or Eponine’s Errand (my fav!), or Javert’s Arrest, or The Waltz of Treachery, which are great musical moments, but are really no more than recitativo. I also didn’t expect something like Turning to have made it in, since it was severely truncated for the film.

        I’m talking about the glaringly absent full on numbers- songs that either by their length or by their adherence to classic AABA musical theater song type, are missing. The original version of Do You Hear the People Sing is missing (although the reprise is intact in the finale), A Little Fall of Rain is missing, Lovely Ladies is missing, and Fantine’s Death (Come to Me) is missing (although this last one is probably the one that pushes the envelope the most in terms of straddling the border between number and recitativo).

        What I’d personally like to see happen is for them to release a new soundtrack with all the numbers, and hopefully with better sound mixing. If the have all this “extended” material, hopefully that will include all the lines they stole from Aaron Tveit. I’d love to hear Enjolras’ song parts returned, haha.

        • Jehan Prouvaire

          But what about the Paris scene song. The one which Gavroche first sings. I guess you could call it “look down”.

        • Harry Potter

          Although I agree with you, the fact that the “Epilogue” was basically Come to Me and Do You Hear the People Sing? was probably a factor so the people who put together the album probably thought (apparently with little understanding) “Oh they won’t want to hear these same songs twice”

        • 24601

          Not to mention the fact that they took out whole chunks from the songs they did use on the CD. In At The End of The Day they cut out Fantine’s “Yes it’s true there’s a child and the child is my daughter” verse, plus the preceeding and following verses from the women, and then it just picks back up with the foreman. It’s infuriating.

        • http://twitter.com/taylorelizibeth Taylor Leonard

          I’m so mad that ‘Do You Here the People Sing’, ‘A Little Fall of Rain’, and ‘Lovely Ladies’ aren’t on the soundtrack. Those seemed like pretty big “Highlights” from the movie….

          • ;iruafhlek

            Do You Hear The People Sing is on the highlights soundtrack, but in a different placing to the musical version.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Hernandez/539018211 Diego Hernandez

      so basically the movie in soundtrack form minus the actual movie

  • Roryduck

    Yes please!!!

  • Stagegirl12

    Would this mean that A Little Fall of Rain would be longer because that is all I want!

  • http://twitter.com/rosaliedavid12 Nessa Daae

    YES I DEMAND!!!!

  • NatalieFisher

    I want an extended edition of this more than I want air to breathe, particularly all the cut bits from the ABC cafe, like the extended version of Drink With Me, and also all of Eponine/Marius’s flirty/friendly dialogue singing bits, which were cut down to like one line.

  • d3erudite

    Anyone want to help me build the barricade in case they say no?

    • Kat

      I AM THERE!!!!!!!!!!

    • Marianne

      Yus. TO THE BARRICADES!

    • FriendsOfTheABCGirl

      My Place is here I fight with you!!!!!

    • Jehan Prouvaire

      Yes! What about in front of Mr. Hooper’s house? And we sing music from Les Mis over and over.

    • Jazzie

      upon which stones shall we build our barricade? :P
      Read more: LES MISERABLES – THE FIRST ATTACK LYRICS

      • Jazzie

        oh whoopsy, I was going to copy&paste lyrics then abandoned it, failing my newer endeavour Le Misérably. Ah well D:

    • Lotte1776

      We shall join the fight!

    • channeling_my_inner_R

      I volunteer to sit in a corner and drink myself to oblivion while you protest this – as a sort of backwards way of making my own stand. Because I need the full version of Drink With Me more than I need a new bottle of wine.

  • http://www.style-abuse.blogspot.com/ Marcia

    Are you kidding me, of course it would be in great demand!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.oppenheim.9 Sarah Oppenheim

    I was sitting in the credits and already screaming about an extended edition. Yes. Yes! YES. YES!

  • http://www.facebook.com/katharine.smith.73 Katharine Smith

    I demand it. I want I want I want I want I want I want

  • Tremendous Demand

    I think I have arrived

  • Austyn

    YES A THOUSAND TIMES

  • Bailey

    YES

  • Cailey

    I would ADORE an extended edition! I’d pay a lot, for it too, I might add!

  • Roberta

    It is time for us all to decide who we are, do we fight for the right to the extended edition now?

  • Rebecca

    I demand! I want an extended edition badly.

  • Kenzie

    Extended edition AND Full Album PLEASE. I demand both. I need 4 hours of Les Mis. And I need a full CD. PLEASEEEEEEE!

  • sasegov

    It IS tremendously demanded. Just go on Tumblr. They cut out too much off of very good songs.

  • Calen

    TOM HOOPER, Please please please release this. There was so much that I missed from the film. I would love to see the full version.

  • A miz fan

    YES I demand this tremendously. I’m still hoping they will do a DVD version of Broadway Show or London Show one day.

  • JD

    YOU BET I DEMAND THIS… I DEMAND THIS WITH ALL MY MIGHT

  • taryn

    there is a demand! please!!

  • Sarah

    Please please please oh my god. Just take my money Mr.Hooper please I will totally buy it I promise you that

  • les mis fan

    Yes! The book is HUGE! 4 hours will do it more justice, Victor Hugo would approve. As good as the movie is, I feel a longer version will make the story deeper.

  • hpboy13

    YES YES YES YES YEEEEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I CANNOT EVEN ARTICULATE HOW MUCH I DEMAND IT!!!!

    But seriously, this would be amazing. I think the 2 and 1/2 hour cut is perfect for movie theaters. But a four-hour extended edition on DVD would be just what the fandom ordered!

    Plus, I’m curious whether I can sustain that level of crying for four hours, since I didn’t think I could for 2.

  • Kat

    what do you think demand mean? no one wants it. NO. everyone wants this and is now waiting in suspense for it. Give it to me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/birdie.saintpierre Birdie Saint Pierre

    I AM TREMENDOUSLY DEMANDING THIS.

  • Rachel

    *If* there is demand in the fan community.

    *If* there is demand in the fan community.

    *If* there is demand in the fan community.

    Hahahahahahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    Seriously, I am prepared to build a barricade outside the studio to get that extra footage.

    • Kat

      can i join you?

      • FriendsOfTheABCGirl

        I’ll join too!

    • Jehan Prouvaire

      So many people have the same idea as me. I’m there! Please join in our crusade, mizzies.

  • Kate

    I HAVE A MIGHTY NEED.

  • please pleaseplease

    you have to do it now that you’ve gotten the thought in my mind

  • please pleaseplease

    More than anything, I want a soundtrack with all of the songs, studio recorded and completely full-length, rather than just the audio from the film.

  • http://twitter.com/captainvere Ashton Lee

    I definitely want it! Why the hell was “Dog Eats Dog” cut, for example?

  • Ally

    PLEASE. I want this so badly.

  • Gavroche

    Tweet #lesmisextended everyone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Taylorkenisis Taylor Sparling

    I DEMAND THIS

  • CatherinePontmercy

    Please. Please. I DEMAND IT!!!! ALL FOUR HOURS OF IT!!!

  • Arynne

    I want this sooo badly!

  • Danielle

    UM YES YES YES YES PLEASE Like all of my favorite marius/eponine parts were cut out. THERE IS HIGH DEMAND I PROMISE YOU!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shannon-Southworth/1054051988 Shannon Southworth

    i want this and i havent seen the film yet. uk doesnt get it til next friday. :(

  • Kait

    I would like to add my support to this.

  • Sarah

    Yes. Yes I want an extended edition. I demand it.

  • Anonymous

    Heck yes, I demand it! Haha. Seriously…A Little Fall of Rain, Drink with me…I’d love to see all of it!

  • kim

    hello yes this is me demanding this to happen

  • Allison

    YES I WANT IT!!!!!!

  • Marianne

    Yes. This MUST HAPPEN! I don’t like some of the cuts they’ve made… Dog Eats Dog, shortening of Beggars at the Feast etc… BRING THEM HOME! (heh… see what I did there? No? Just me? Okay…)

  • Nightshade

    Demaaaaaaand!

  • Márti

    Ohhh, Yes!!!

  • Lily

    I am demanding this here and now.

  • kätzchen

    please

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.weber2 Ashley Weber

    WHERE IS THE PETITION WE MUST SIGN TO SHOW HOW OVERWHELMINGLY WE WANT THIS?

  • Garrett

    I demand it! There was not enough character development :-(

  • Penelope

    There is more fan demand than you can shake a stick at. And by “stick” I mean that enormous warship’s mast that Valjean lifts in the opening scene.

  • http://twitter.com/heartdrawn Kaci

    As a hardcore fan of the musical, I was furious about the cuts that were made to the songs. Maybe they should have foregone the new song in favor of keeping all of the original ones. I especially felt that the students’ storyline was severely diminished. We didn’t really get to meet them all, as most of their solos were cut. So this is me, expressing extreme interest.

  • Carol

    I would welcome an extended version using all the scenes that were cut.

  • http://twitter.com/GrannyMumantoog Granny Mumantoog

    Dean Mr. Hooper, Please make it so! Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/sara_f_black Sara Black Snow

    YES, PLEASE!!!! I want a full version of Drink with me. And I want more and more and more Grantaire and Enjolras!!

  • http://twitter.com/eeveebell Eve Bell

    I HAVE A MIGHTY NEED FOR THIS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fabconte Fabiana Mey Conte

    PEOPLE IN THE BARRICADES!

    LET’S DEMAND ABOUT THIS TO @LesMiserables THE OFFICIAL MOVIE TWITTER ACCOUNT. ALSO TO https://www.facebook.com/LesMisMovie THE OFFICIAL FB ACCOUNT. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO CAN HEAR US. ALSO USE THE HASHTAG: #LesMisExtended

    GO! GO! GO!

  • http://twitter.com/hhSonja Sonja

    that’s what blurays and dvds were invented for (well, not really, but they can be put to perfectly good use in cases like these). Just give us a BD/DVD release with both versions, and everybody will be happy

  • blue-meg

    I have tremendous demand, but only if they ACTUALLY INCLUDE “TURNING,” BECAUSE “TURNING” IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO THE WHOLE POINT OF THE REVOLUTIONARY PLOT-ARC AND IT WAS JUST GONE. So, if the extended version has “Turning” then GOOD LORD YES PLEASE GIVE IT TO ME NOW.

  • Kaliko

    Yes! I want this so much! I’m sure all these great little moments and even some great song parts were cut. I appreciate the film for including all it did, but I’m sure the fans will enjoy every extra minute.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=809342537 Nikki Lewis

    Yes yes yes … please!

  • FriendsOfTheABCGirl

    YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really really really need this!!!! As long as it’s got the full songs. I demand it! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/morgan.denney7 Morgan Denney

    YES PLEASE!!!

  • Hannah Segura

    yes please, I demand I demand!!!

  • http://twitter.com/silkenbee Deb BoeTweep x

    Yes, please!! Hopefully with all the musical numbers that were cut!! Four hours is NOT too long for Les Miserables!!

  • kaymichigan1

    He’s actually talking about putting the edited 20 minutes back in, *not* making a four-hour version. The four hour version was the rough assembled cut with *everything* included.

    I hope he does do this but it might be several years down the road.

    And I’m sure they’ll release a full soundtrack, they’re just waiting to announce it until the sales of the highlights album die down. Otherwise people who might buy the highlights will skip it and wait for the full version!

  • Hrr

    This needs to happen. Yes there is a tremendous demand.
    Not even kidding I would pay to see this everyday of my life.

  • http://twitter.com/meganinthebox Megan Bridges

    Demand….um Do you hear the people sing? We want it now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1103452487 Jillian Gregory

    I need this in my life.

  • AndyO

    YES, YES, YES, an unequivocal & astounding YES! “Do you hear the people sing, they are demanding this release. It is the music of the people who wants this to be done right” This is destined to be a Classic and with a fan base of 60+million & growing due to this beautiful adaptation, it will be a gift to the world. Mr. Hooper we know this will be a lot of work and we know this project is a labor of love for you, but if it is announce that you would do the extended release, we will wait PATIENTLY. So Mr Hooper, do this and sit
    back and watch history in the making again as the sales go off the ROOF! At the very least, please consider a boxed “Special Edition” of the full extended release. Trust me, for the populace who have seen the stage production & love it & the growing new fans, they will not bat an eye to have this in their collection!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fabconte Fabiana Mey Conte
  • http://twitter.com/EmiStranger Emily Ds

    *DEMAND!*

  • erindizmo

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

  • Allie

    Yes!!

  • Paul

    Yes, and I hope you shot the full Little People and Dog Eat Dog – missed them both.

  • sib_

    Oh, God, YES.

  • Tali

    PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

  • DeeDee

    RED. The blood of angry men (if we don’t get an extended edition)
    BLACK. The dark of ages past (the ages without an extended edition…)
    RED. A world about to dawn (with an extended edition!)
    BLACK. The night that ends at laaaaaaast (BECAUSE WE HAVE AN EXTENDED EDITION!!!!)
    …please?

  • Derian

    please please please please please!!! I will join in the crusade

  • r

    DEMAND

  • Katie

    Yes, I just saw the film and loved it, and I would love to see more! GIves us an extended edition please!

  • Annon13

    I need this so much.

  • Tyler

    We have a petition to show the support coming from the fans. Here is a link: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/les-miserables-2012-extended-edition/

    • Faith

      Vote this up! Sign the petition! Please I would die for an extended cut!

  • Emily Marie

    I TREMENDOUSLY DEMAND AN EXTENDED EDITION. TREMENDOUSLY.

  • K

    YES, PLEASE!

  • Jehan Prouvaire

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/les-miserables-2012-extended-edition/
    Sign this petition if you want to cry more at the movies!
    I signed!

  • Joe Staton

    Yes! Extended version would be amazing!

  • Nocas

    YES, like F******** YES

  • Abster

    YES, YES, YES, AND YES!!!

  • Suna

    Tremendous demand indeed!

  • Suni

    I need this to happen. I want an extended edition so badly.

  • http://twitter.com/_RussTurner_ Russell Turner

    YESSS!!!

  • Taylor

    I HAVE TO HAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.angle3 David Angle

    I demand this as well. Why not release two editions in the Blu Ray combo? Simply. Those who want to go with the theatrical cut will just view the film without the added scenes and content. Those dedicated will and more than likely LOVE the extended edition! Seriously! WE NEED AN EXTENDED EDITION! I would truly love it!

  • http://twitter.com/joethulhu Joe Hammons

    I demand the three-hour version, and I ask very nicely for the four hour version as an extra disc, no matter how much more I have to pay for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelli-Howard/100003198888700 Kelli Howard

    KELLI WANT EXTENDED VERSION (said in hulk smash voice)

  • MyPond

    Simply PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE…. WE alllll want more!!!

  • Marcelino

    Why wouldn’t there its a no brainer also where’s the full album already.

  • barricadesorbust

    I DEMAND. I DEMAND MOST EARNESTLY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dorothea.smith.77 Dorothea Smith

    Absolutely, I am in the barricade as well, Also, I am an ‘angry’ (wo)man demanding that the complete “singing the song of angry men” be included in any future sound tracks released. Bought the CD after seeing the movie and my daughter & I were really disappointed that it was excluded.
    This has got to be the conservative gathering song if I ever heard one!
    Humming this was my special way of getting through TSA during the Christmas season without losing my cool.

  • Rose

    Good lord do I demand a full version!

  • Brad!

    OH GOOD LORD I FEEL SUCH A MIGHTY NAME.

  • Kait

    Please oh please oh please oh please oh PLEASE!

  • RoyalBakaness

    I demand it!!!

  • NoDecaf

    Dude, there’s a demand already.

  • http://twitter.com/claudiatoman Claudia Toman

    Demaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand!

  • Lotte1776

    For the love of the Republic YES! The people demand it!!!!!!!

  • Sanctuary

    Will it have the version of “At The End Of The Day” without Valjean’s transposed lines in the factory?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-D-Nugent/1239625617 John D. Nugent

    I actually want both versions. Some of the verse cuts in the movie seemed to skip over a lot of information, I thought, the greenhorn audiences probably needed. And maybe, if he has to re-edit – I wonder, if he could change a couple of those smash cuts to dissolves or wipes or something…

  • Eponine

    Do you hear the fans sing? We want the Extended Edition!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/baileytherobot Bailey Robertson

    YES. PLEASE. EXTENDED.

  • Sam183

    Demand Demand Demand!!!

  • Patricia Donohoe

    Yes, I demand this really hard! I need it!!

  • OnMyOwn

    YES WE DO NEED AN EXTENDED VERSION!!! On My Own’s intro was cut, A Little Fall of Rain is missing a verse, and the shift between some scenes feels so abrupt that one can’t help but feel that there’s something missing in there. Please Please Please release an extended version!

    • Hannah

      Plus, no “Dog Eat Dog,” and the whole movie could have used more of the Thenardiers

  • Taty

    I would love to see an extended edition, especially if it would include the full versions of many songs that had to be cut for time. For instance, Grantaire’s verse to Drink With Me would be a lovely addition to the barricade scenes.

  • Csgagabb

    I would love an extended edition. I don’t care about how it’s paced.

  • Marta

    Yes please!

  • Emily

    Yes we need the extended movie and a complete soundtrack!

  • Tino

    I definitely WANT/NEED/MUST see the 4 hours version. I would go for 6 hours version, hell I would go for 20 years version, just GIVE IT TO MEEE, it’s like a drug to me, I WANT IT

  • http://www.facebook.com/jwilliamenglish Josiah Gwilym English

    I demand this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/londa.english.9 Londa English

    Yes yes yes! I want this so much!

  • Jen

    I would LOVE to see an extended edition!!!

  • shazz

    RELEASE IT!!!

  • Hannah

    I joined the petition on Deviantart, just look up “Les Mis Petition” if you’re interested, and click on the first thing that appears. We’re drawing characters that we want to see more of in the extended version, and there are exactly 67 characters on the sheet right now (although there are several repeats, so there are like 20 Javerts,) 68 as soon as I’m done with my drawing of Gavroche. There’s also a traditional petition with 3,310 signatures on it, for those who can’t, or don’t want to, draw anything. Hopefully, this will get Tom Hooper’s attention! Viva la revolucion!
    (Also, you don’t have to pay anything at the petition site, just exit out when it asks you to donate, it will still count your signature.)

  • Veronika Pacasová

    Yes!!!!! I want it with all my heart!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wilbeaux Wil Bernstrom

    I would DIE to see the Extended Version just once!!!

  • Dannoral

    I want a longer version, I even want the 4 hours version !

  • http://www.facebook.com/alejandro.lopezrodriguez.509 Alexander Black

    Yes, its a crime not doing it

  • Kik

    Extended edition, or I’ll jump in the Seine!

  • Sue

    Yes, Yes, and Yes again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/belinda.vukovich Belinda Vukovich

    yes. yes. yes

  • Casutama

    YES! Please!!!! Give us the extended cut. I’m definitely not the only one who’d absolutely love it!!

  • Susan

    ABSOLUTELY … ASAP What were they thinking??? I can watch it in my home…

  • http://www.facebook.com/rita.kocsis Rita Kocsis

    Does this count as voting? Or do we need to take this to the streets? Cause I sure as hell am for the extended version. And I would really buy it, no worries of pirating, cause Les Mis is woth that for me. And I hope there’s many enough of us with this sentiment. So please, please, release the director’s cut. I want GBlagden’s Drink with Me and the close-ups on ATveit on Enjolras’ death.

  • Jennifer Schillig

    The four-hour version would be fine, but I’d be happy enough with a cut that included full, uncut versions of The Confrontation, Master Of The House, much of the students’ parts in the café, The Robbery at Rue Plumet, A Little Fall Of Rain, Drink With Me, and Javert’s Suicide. (The snippets they took out of those songs would probably only mean a difference of twenty minutes tops!)

  • Enjolras

    Do you hear the people sing? We all want it!!!! TO THE BARRICADE!!! Will you take your place with me?

  • Tatyana

    yes please

  • Tess

    I NEED DIS!!!

  • Manu Bonne-Aventure Smith

    I want it so bad !

  • GrandR

    YES! I need the extended version so desperately!

  • Caitlin

    I have a mighty need for the full version of Drink with Me and A Little Fall of Rain. I NEED THIS BECAUSE OF REASONS. TOM HOOPER, THERE IS A TREMENDOUS DEMAND

  • Sylvia Avery

    Please please please…. please

  • DrunkenCynic

    I’d sell my soul if it meant getting an extended version!

  • susi

    yes!

  • AUSTIN

    DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND

  • R. G.

    A thousand times yes! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see an extended version! This movie is perhaps my all time favorite, and I use to be so skeptical before I watched it. Now, I’m afraid I’ve annoyed my loved ones with the constant renditions of all the songs. I can’t get enough of Les Mis! So please, I’d love to have an extended version on DVD/Blu Ray if possible.

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