Ok, Weinstein Company. It took you long enough to notice that you were crowding Thanksgiving releases with your award-hopefuls. Viggo Mortensen by-the-way of John Hillcoat has The Road, another Cormac McCarthy adaptation drama, this time with cannibalism, opens for Thanksgiving and has also been delayed almost a year to hit its award stride.
The newest victim of jockeying for awards positions is The Weinstein Company’s movie musical based on a Broadway musical based on a play based on a Fellini film, Nine. Nine stars Daniel Day Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman which should already have Academy members salivating. It’s the newest directorial effort from Rob Marshall, who won Oscar gold in 2003 with Chicago and will be bringing us the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film our way in the future.
Nine has been pushed from its November 25th opening, which would put it in competition with The Road, to a December 18th release date in New York and LA, expanding wide on Christmas Day.
Because who doesn’t want a musical on Christmas? Eh? Eh?
This year has been full of choppy waters for The Weinstein Company, who barely kept their heads above water with Inglorious Basterds doing the lionshare of the profit-raising this year. Now all they need is more awards presence and they might live on to make…I dunno, Halloween 3?