Friday, August 21, 2009

Shutter Island Moved To 2010

SHOCK. That's my response. This was a film I was really looking forward to, and now it seems we'll all have to wait until February 2010 to see it.

Paramount has moved the Martin Scorsese thriller from its original October 2nd release date, which would have put the film in a prime spot for awards consideration. This is apparently the issue. Paramount already has two major Oscar contenders slated for release this year, Jason Reitman's Up in the Air and Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, and has decided to cut back expenses by pushing back Shutter Island and nixing its awards campaign all together.

I don't understand it, quite honestly. The film looked like a winner, with a cast and crew that certainly would have drawn a lot of buzz. Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio. Patricia Clarkson. Michelle Williams. Ben Kingsley. Jackie Earle Haley. Seems strange.

I'm hoping against hope this isn't an indication that Shutter Island is not as good as it looks. Who knows, though. Paramount obviously sees more potential in other ponies this year. What a disappointment.


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