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Oliver Stone Insists Latest Cut of ‘Alexander’ Is the ‘Ultimate Version’

Karlovy Vary lifetime achievement honoree hints at his latest projects

Accepting a lifetime achievement award at Karlovy Vary doesn’t mean Oliver Stone is now resting on his laurels.

“On the contrary, it’s spurring me on creatively,” says the director, who is focused on finishing a screenplay, “in the works since 2007,” and another TV series for cable — “both of which are secret, so I can’t discuss them.”

What he can discuss, however, is the latest cut of his 2004 magnum opus, “Alexander,” which Stone will unveil at the festival.

“I did a major restructuring (of the film) in 2007, and added back a lot of missing material,” he says. “Now I’ve trimmed 20 minutes of that, and this is the ‘ultimate version.’ No more versions, I assure you.”

And he’s equally keen to discuss his record-straightening non-fiction series for Showtime, “The Untold History of the United States,” for which he’s been traveling to U.S. schools and colleges, in addition to promoting it around the world.

“It just opened to great reviews in Britain, and I’m next taking it to Shanghai, though their censorship will be tougher to deal with,” he says.

Stone is thrilled that the entire 12-hour series will be released domestically on DVD by Warners on Oct. 22, but notes that his five-year commitment to the documentary, coupled with his continued tinkering with “Alexander,” have finally sated his appetite for all-consuming projects — “at least for now,” he jokes.

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