Friday, August 21, 2009

Shutter Island moved to 2010

Well, this sucks. Nikki Finke broke the news that Paramount will move Shutter Island from its October 2 release date to February of next year. Finke reminds us that Universal pulled the same stunt with The Wolfman by moving it from November to February as well. But the difference between Wolfman and Shutter Island is that Shutter Island has been on everyone's awards list:

...Paramount's adaptation...looked entrenched for...this coming awards season. For godsakes, the pic is already on people's Oscar list. Such a surprise delay is just going to compound all the buzz surrounding the picture and its great trailer released in June. An insider tells me. "It tested in the high 80s/low 90s and Scorsese even brought it down to 2 hours." So what's the problem? I hear that Paramount told the filmmakers it doesn't have the financing in 2009 to spend the $50M to $60M necessary to market a big awards pic like this.

...So the studio settled on the release date of February 19th because "that's when Silence Of The Lambs came out" back in 1991 and it won the Oscar. "Now that the Academy has expanded Best Picture to 10 films," my insider notes, "it will be easier for a movie that came out in the beginning of the year to get nominated." [Nikki Finke]

That Silence of the Lambs quote sounds like someone is either trying to cover their money grubbing ass or they've got some extreme delusions about the film's Oscar prospects. Moving a Scorsese movie to February is plain stupid. This just blows. I can't believe I'm looking forward to February than the traditional fall months.

You can check out a Japanese trailer for the film below.

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