The update is not going to make it any less awful.
And now, as the movie barely survives its opening weekend, a memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter suggests that distributor Universal has notified thousands of theaters that they’ll be receiving an updated version of the movie with “some improved visual effects.”
It’s unheard of in the movie industry for a title that’s already being played in cinemas across the nation to get an upgrade, according to the Reporter.
Director Tom Hooper has said before that he was extremely pressed for time and had to rush production to make it in time for the world premiere last week.
The movie did reportedly show a lack of polish. Eagle-eyed audience members spotted human hands on starring actress Judi Dench instead of furry cat paws — wedding rings and all.
It’s unlikely that the CGI update will make the movie much more digestible to audiences: it stands currently at 18 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. And it’s not looking good financially either. “Cats” raked in only $6.5 million in the U.S. over its opening weekend, according to Screen Rant, making only a tiny dent in its $95 million budget.
READ MORE: Universal Notifies Theaters ‘Cats’ Is Being Updated With “Improved Visual Effects” [The Hollywood Reporter]
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