Well, remove The Adjustment Bureau from my 25 most anticipated films of the summer list. Universal Pictures has announced an updated release calendar for its 2010 and 2011 films. The Matt Damon and Emily Blunt sci-fi film was originally slated to be released on July 30 of this year, but it has been pushed back to September 17, 2010. This takes it out of the summer race and puts it in the movie wasteland month of September.
The push back has a few people scratching their heads. The July 30 release date only had the film up against several limited releases (Get Low and I Love You, Phillip Morris) and a few wide releases that were non-competition (Beastly and Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore). That release date seemed perfect for the film to take advantage of the summer movie audience and get some early awards buzz going. The September 17 release date puts it up against the Gavin O’Connor action film Warrior, which may pull from the same audience as The Adjustment Bureau. However, the September release date puts it smack in the middle of the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, which means Oscar prognosticators are likely to be paying no attention to it in the midst of bigger awards season buzz.
The other big push back announcement is that David Gordon Green’s Your Highness has been bumped back from October 1, 2010 to April 8, 2011. According to Green, the film has more special effects than he has ever dealt with before, so the delayed release is likely to compensate for additional post-production time. The film stars Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel, James Franco, Natalie Portman, and Justin Theroux.
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