This year’s Oscar race and holiday release schedule are both continuing to evolve this week as Sony Pictures has confirmed that George Clooney’s upcoming film The Monuments Men will no longer hit theatres in 2013. The last minute decision was made when Clooney and co-writer / co-producer Grant Heslov both realized that the visual effects would not be done in time and up to the standards that they wanted. Sony agreed to push the film back to early 2014, supposedly to an unspecified date in February. Unfortunately this means that it also won’t be eligible for this year’s Academy Award race, although Clooney claims that was never their goal. With an already overcrowded holiday season, it could actually end up being a good thing for the film. Here’s what Clooney had to say about it:
“This is a bigger film than we usually do… It was a mad rush to do it from the very beginning. It wasn’t going to be finished, and I wouldn’t want to have my name on it. You don’t want it to look like a film that was all done in the computer.”
A couple of other high-profile Oscar contenders were recently pushed back to 2014 as well: Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is still expected to meet a Dec. 25th release date, and will now be sitting in a much better position if it doesn’t have to compete with The Monuments Men. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is also expected be moved to early 2014, although Paramount has yet to make an official announcement. At the very least, we’ll actually have a few decent movies to look forward to in the January and February doldrums. Are you disappointed that The Monuments Men won’t hit theatres in 2013?