David Fincher has completed a first cut of "Benjamin Button" coming in at 2 hours and 40 minutes. The studio objected. The film was entirely too long, they felt, and they wouldn't want to try and sell a film this long to the theaters. The studio demanded the film to be cut down to an agreeable length, so it could be played a certain number of times in one day and make more money. The studio hasn't seen the movie at this point, but they are certain, that there is no way and no how they would keep the movie at this length.
David Fincher manages to convince the studiohead to come watch the first cut at a private screening. And once the movie ended, supposedly, the head of the studio told him, he can do whatever he wants. He absolutely one hundred and ten percent would back any decision Fincher made. He loved the movie. And so rumor is that "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" is 2 hours and 40 minutes in length.
This is the rumor. Consider the rest my personal freaking out about it: I love that! I love the fact that TCCOBB will be this length because usually films that run longer than 2 hours absorb you in a different way and I think that this is exactly what this movie needs. And as a personal fan of TITANIC I am thinking that movie was perfect at 3 hours and 14 minutes and managed to be successful. I am wishing the exact same success to Fincher's endeavor. To me he absolutely deserves the success ... and the praise that comes with it! Great News!