Report: 'Shutter Island' release pushed to February 2010

Paramount Pictures has pushed the release date of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie Shutter Island from Oct. 2 to Feb. 19, 2010, Nikki Finke reports on her Deadline Hollywood Daily blog. The movie, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio, had tested well with audiences and already started to generate Oscar buzz, Finke reports. Among the reasons she cites for the push are concerns that the financing isn’t available to market the film the way the studio wants to, as well as questions about DiCaprio’s availability to promote the movie internationally.

UPDATE: The L.A. Times has published a statement from Paramount Pictures’ chairman Brad Grey regarding the push of Shutter Island: “Our 2009 slate was green-lit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain flexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment.”

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  • Shaun

    What? This is ridiculous. February is where movies go to die.

    • Nate

      Actually no, that’ll be January.

  • Melanie

    Okay, this really sucks – I’m really lookinig forward to this movie – I even went so far as to listen to the audiobook to remind myself of the entire story.

  • K2

    Come on!!! Are they serious!!! I was looking forward to this since there doesn’t look like there will be a movie I want to see in September so this was the next movie I was going to go see.

  • 30K0

    Shutter Island will now get no Oscar buzz I hope the studio knows.

  • Shamrock

    Rarely a good sign.

  • TJ

    So? Who cares if Leo can’t promote it? The names involved in this movie alone make it look like it’s worth seeing twice. It will lose its Oscar buzz and millions of dollars.

  • Ryan

    WTF!!!! This is terrible news. I was looking forward to this so much. And the only reason is because of Oscars and/or money? Studios are seriously lame.

    • Taylor

      Then you can see it in February,so shut up.

  • Ryan

    The Departed released around the same time in 2006 and that did more than fine financially and critically.

    • Heather

      Actually the Departed was released on October 6th.

  • Kevin

    this keeps happening! First Harry Potter, then Wolfman, now this! well feb isn’t the dumping ground it used to be, looking at it half full…

  • paige

    wack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jim

    This was one of the three movies I was most looking forward to seeing this fall, the others being “A Christmas Carol” and “Avatar”. Being moved to February does not look like a good sign for this film, that month is one usually filled with also-rans, so I guess Paramount is not as excited about this Scorsese/DiCaprio film as I was.

  • Me

    Wow…now there is nothing to look forward to in the Fall. This was really the only movie that looked interesting coming out in the Oscar season. Well, it’s now officially safe to say that with the exception of Star Trek, The Hangover, Up, The Hurt Locker, D-9, and Inglorious Basterds, 2009 has been an AWFUL year for movies.

    • Bradd Bradd

      Harry potter 6 was fantastic, but yeah that’s pretty much it. High expectations for Avatar (james cameron one not the m night one lol)

  • smryan23

    This blows.

  • ruslan

    Unfortunately, once people watch the movie, and discover its twist ending, there won’t be any Oscar buzz left.

  • jas

    Paramount can’t find the money to promote a Scorsese movie? Seriously?

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