‘Nine’ On Schedule; ‘Shutter Island’ Pushed Back
Last year, when Entertainment Weekly put Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on the cover of their “Fall Movie Preview”, there was a minor problem. Warner Bros. made a last minute decision to change the release date from November to July. The sixth installment of the Potter franchise went on to gross nearly $1 billion worldwide, but, in most cases, changing a movie’s release date is a sign of trouble, whether it be escalating production costs or worries about competition.
In Hollywood, where perception is everything, that can (and usually does) mean a PR nightmare for the studio involved. That’s exactly why The Weinstein Company, which has had its own share of PR nightmares as of late, was quick to shoot down rumors that the release date for its upcoming musical, Nine, was being moved from this November to February 2010.
The rumors are untrue. Nine is opening limited on Nov 25 and will continue to expand through Christmas.
Nine would have been the third major release this Fall to experience delays. The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro, has had one of the most tumultuous productions in recent memory and will finally be opening in February 2010 after having had its date shuffled around three times by Universal.
Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is also being moved to February. The less than favorable economy is to blame, according to Paramount head Brad Grey:
Our 2009 slate was greenlit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain flexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment… Leonardo DiCaprio is among the most talented actors working today and Martin Scorsese is not just one of the world’s most significant filmmakers, but also a personal friend. Following a highly successful 2009, we have every confidence that Shutter Island is a great anchor to lead off our 2010 slate and the shift in date is the best decision for the film, the studio and ultimately Viacom.
You know things are bad when a studio holds off on a Marty/Leo movie during Oscar season. Yikes!