A "friend" of HE has a youngish female chum in Los Angeles who's seeing a somewhat older woman who's part of a clique that runs with Jodie Foster, director and costar of The Beaver. And so this couple, according to my friend, was invited to a screening of The Beaver at Foster's Los Angeles home last May or June. "She thought it was okay, a little dark...she didn't seem blown away by it," says the HE pally.
A recent Collider posting explains the whole plot, but the big shocker at the end -- MAJOR SPOILER WARNING -- is that Gibson's character, Walter Black, realizes he has to get rid of his reliance on the Beaver puppet, and he accomplishes this by cutting off his Beaver hand (i.e., the one he uses for the puppet) with a table saw.
Recently, however, the young woman confided to the HE pally that she's heard that "they" -- Foster and/or Summit -- have decided to change this ending by eliminating the table-saw remedy. Instead, the woman has allegedly said, "I think they might want to kill him."
10:05 pm Update: A journalist friend confides that he's been told "that the ending isn't changing, and will stay in the vein of 127 Hours."
Kill him? Is it okay if I say that this news, if true, sounds hilarious? Because if this story has any validity, Summit (the most likely advocate of this "solution") is obviously not talking about "killing" Walter Black. What they want to do in a metaphorical sense is kill Mel Gibson for becoming that raging racist anti-Semite revealed in those reports and recordings, which has created all kinds of financial headaches for Summit. But "killing" Gibson? That's a little bit like the execs in Network deciding to kill Howard Beale.
The HE source calls this "a panic move" on Summit's part. I haven't made any calls about this but I will later this afternoon. The HE guy, a screenwriter, doesn't believe that zotzing Gibson's character is set in stone, and that it's just something they might shoot and put in a new cut and test and see how it plays with research audiences.
The appearance of that Beaver poster suggests to me that Foster's film might be released sometime in early '11 (perhaps late winter or early spring), although the HE pally believes for whatever reason that Summit is probably going to wait until the fall.