‘The Road’ Delayed…Yet Again

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I swear, if this film isn't in theaters soon...

(Sigh) Slash Film has learned from sources at Dimension Films that the big-screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road will be delayed, yet again – knocked back from its current mid-October release date to a late November debut in theaters. If you didn’t already know, The Road has already been delayed a year: it was supposed to be in theaters in late November of 2008.

There’s no explanation as to why the move is being made – I’m pretty sure mid-October is still fair ground for Oscar hopefuls and the term “late November” (the start of the Holiday Season) is a practically synonymous with “crowded movie market” in this country.

So what’s the deal?

At this point I’m willing to believe anything. The Weinstein company has been so crazy about this flick that the story of making it is beginning to shadow the film itself. A year ago the novel was still a scorching hot topic – but that conversation has gone quiet around the water cooler now. And after missing that window of opportunity, how does the studio compensate? By tampering with the trailer to try to lure in as many people as possible on the false promises of Charlize Theron and an action/epic film.

Not to mention, as Slash Film points out, there are SO many other films coming out at that time – Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ninja Assassin, The Princess and the Frog - that The Road could get lost in the mix.

On the other hand, it’s only now that I’ve started to warm up to this movie version of The Road. It’s been long enough since I’ve read the book. I’ve seen clips from the film that are not only thrilling, they somehow get more thrilling each time I watch them. Lately the idea of The Road: The Movie has been sounding more and more like a welcome thing. So who knows, maybe Bob and Harvey Weinstein have a voodoo priestess on payroll who foretells when it’s best for their movies to drop. Maybe they’ll somehow strike gold (as in statues) with this ‘genius last-minute audible.’

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I just want to see The Road, already… Dimension Films, if you’re out there, get me into a screening I swear it’ll shut me up.

The Road will be in theaters November 25, 2009…for now.

Source: Slash Film

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  1. Shown at the Venice Fest…Reviews have been negative…

  2. I hope it is released soon.
    looking kinds of doubtful on that.

  3. Well perhaps there is another way to look at it. The closer you get to the holiday season the more people will have the time off, and if they show up at the theater it will still be playing. Additionally if the play times are staggered just right, some who might have decided to see something else, but missed their start time, might be tempted to see “The Road” earlier than they had planned. Even seeing it 1ST tier instead of waiting for it to hit second tier, discount theaters. Some of these cineplexes have like 17 theaters to fill. :P

  4. Magna, I’ve seen two negative reviews, two-so-so reviews and probably a dozen positive-reviews to raves since Venice (at least in English – http://www.dpsinfo.com/theroadrumors/reviews.html). Certainly the fact that the most negative review was in Variety may have freaked people at Weinstein (Dimension?).

    I wish I didn’t have to wait another five weeks for this movie. I complained last year that I thought releasing a movie like The Road Thanksgiving weekend was DUMB! Given how later it is, there’s little they could fix at this point, except for, maybe, some of the rumored voiceover.

  5. Disappointing news.. Guess I’ll have to read the book AGAIN!!

  6. What do you think Ms. Mann would changing the voice over effect the tone enough to change the great Todd McCarthy’s mind and what about us, the hoi polloi??

  7. The book although beautifully written was as depressing as HELL. They might be trying different ways to shake the despair out of the preview audiences hair prior to wide release.
    They HAVE to put more action in this or they’ll lose everyone.

    (I remember reading the book and all the while thinking, “How on earth are they going to market this and not have people slashing their wrists during the credits?)

  8. @ JessSayin: That’s whats crazy about McCarthy’s review. If I understand him correctly, he’s saying that the current elements in it, that try to move it away from despair are a disadvantage; Softening the impact, in his eyes, is going the wrong way..??? Go figure, maybe he’s shootin for some more bargain real estate somewhere. Then again the flip side is be true to your message, don’t water it down, that would be selling out. Plenty of debate all around.

  9. Yeah I’ve heard the same thing JessSaying and I think your close to the mark on this…

    I’ll see the film no matter when it comes out, but come on lets go,,,,

  10. This reminds of the Wolfman too. Both films have been delayed again and again until reaching a release date a full whole year after they were supposed to be released. Nevertheless I’m still looking forwards to both.

  11. They are probably trying to fix some things that were not well liked, based on the very few negative reviews. Most of what I have read says that the film is definitely a contender for the Oscars….It’s about time Viggo wins something. He is amazing!

  12. well…it’s december 2nd and no sign of The Road in ANY of my local theaters. whats the skinny?!?!?!?!

  13. What gives? Why is this movie not in wide release? I live in a top 30 market and it’s not playing within a 4 hour drive.

  14. very sad I waited and waited and waited and the studio releasing it should be ashamed for the constant delays, as it wasnt even PLAYING ANYWHERE IN THE WHOLE STATE OF MA…..and its only been out what two weeks? Every theater I looked up didnt have it……those wonderful actors and it BOMBED?????

    where the hell did it go?