While stopping in Tokyo today to promote the premiere of his green documentary The 11th Hour, Leonardo DiCaprio announced details of the new Director’s Cut Special Edition DVD set to bow this summer. The actor admitted in a press conference that box office numbers in the U.S. were a bit disappointing and he was anxious to turn things around for the DVD. “I regret now that we did not sign on Michael Bay to direct when he was first interested,” DiCaprio said. “If we’d had a bit more of a protagonist/antagonist plot line — or even a slick cartoon like in An Inconvenient Truth — I think we’d really be reaching more people.”
Standing with Aprile Pazzo, one of the associate producers of the new DVD, DiCaprio announced a list of changes and additions. “We’re going to be injecting more explosions, animations of New York City underwater, Los Angeles buried in sand, the works. There will also be a new side story of a small polar bear cub named Flurry and his experiences with a freedom fighter named Jasmine. Initially, we wanted Jessica Alba to play her — but she’s out and Katie Holmes is in. There’s even a brief nude scene for all the guys out there, so watch out for that one.”
When asked what, if any, value these additions might bring to the film DiCaprio deflected and said, “We’ve even got Miley Cyrus signing the new theme song, Not Quite 12, But Almost, produced by Annie Lennox. We think people are going to flip when they see her riding a life-like whale that barrels into the side of a Japanese Whaling ship carrying gunpowder.”
According to Pazzo, The 11th Hour Special Edition DVD will be available in August 2008.
It’s worth noting that today is April 1st.