This may sound ludicrous, but it’s actual fact. This news hurts nearly as much as the news that hit me back in late March, when I found out that my place of employment at the time was shutting its doors due to economic woes, leaving me unemployed for what turned out to be three stressful, uncertain months. Yes, this ultimately minor turn of events here pains me almost as much.
Paramount, in an attempt to deliver a gut-punch to yours truly using a battering ram instead of a mere fist, has just announced that they’ve moved Martin Scorcese‘s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island (a favorite book of mine, read it three times now, the third concluding this afternoon) to February 19, 2010—-a whole four fucking months after its original, seemingly-set-in-stone date of October 2. Which had been marked on my mind’s calendar in permanent, dark-as-night Sharpie; Shutter Island has been my number one must-see film of 2009 since late 2008. Its opening was rapidly upon us. More specifically, though, me. Now, I’m feeling like Teddy Daniels around the page-340 mark.
In most cases, a pushback such as this would signify that the film is plagued with negative issues, the change of release a last ditch effort to prolong a thought-to-be inevitable failure. But, according to Hollywood know-it-all Nikki Finke, word from Paramount is that the Leonardo Dicaprio film, already atop many critics’ Academy Award Watch lists, has been testing in the low-90-percentile, and the consensus on the trailer has been hugely positive. I’m in that majority, with watching the trailer a daily routine in my life.
So why in shit’s name has this happened? The primary reason: Blame it on the economy, sadly. In the words of a source of Nikki Finke’s:
“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.”
Like I said, this one is a Tyson-in-his-prime uppercut. Just minutes ago, after seeing Quentin Tarantino’s dynamite Inglourious Basterds for the second time, I was ranting all giddily to some friends about how excited I am for Shutter Island. Even got them equally amped. October 2 was locked in as a big night for the three of us. Gone with the wind, now.
Link to Nikki Finke’s full story: Deadline Hollywood Daily
The trailer, my current obsession, after the jump: