Sony Pictures has announced some release date shuffles for their upcoming schedule. The George Clooney directed WWII drama The Monuments Men will no longer be competing in the 2013 awards race as it has been pushed to February 7th, 2014. Apparently the visual effects for the film will not be ready in time for the original December 18th release date and the musical score has yet to be recorded.
As a result, Sony’s Robocop remake, which was originally set to debut on February 7th, is being pushed back five days and will now come out on February 12th. As for the newly open December 18th spot, Sony’s American Hustle will now go wide on the 18th as opposed to the 25th. The film will still have a limited run in NY/LA on December 13th prior to its expansion.
There’s been an unusual amount of release date shifts this year as Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo was also set to debut on December 18th but has been pushed back to a TBD date in 2014. In addition, it’s all but certain that Paramount’s The Wolf of Wall Street will not be ready in time for its November 15th release date. Rumor has it that the film will be released on Christmas Day, replacing Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which will be pushed to MLK weekend in January. Nothing has been confirmed yet by Paramount, but expect an official announcement soon.
As far as The Monuments Men no longer being eligible for the 2013 Oscar race, Clooney says that the movie was never intended as awards bait:
We’ve been very clear that we’re trying to make our first un-cynical film, a commercial movie. You can tell by the cast we put together that it’s going to have light tones to it. We never thought that chasing Oscars was our play, we said it from the first interview. This is a movie we want audiences to see without alienating people like a lot of our films have. What I loved was that Sony and Fox listened and said, OK, let’s get out of here. We’d rather the movie be successful and have you put it out when you’re comfortable with how it looks. This is a period film and it can’t look like CG. It has to look like it’s real. We’re close, but we’re not there yet.
The Monuments Men stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, and Cate Blanchett. It will (hopefully) be released on February 7th of next year.