Wolfman And Matt Damon’s ‘Green Zone’ Moved To 2010

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 6:55 pm,

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Variety is reporting that the latest take on The Wolfman and the Matt Damon/Paul Greengrass war-drama/thriller, Green Zone, have both been shifted to 2010 by Universal Pictures. Both films originally had a release date set for late this year.

We recently reported on The Wolfman‘s shooting troubles: the filmmakers had to do a series of reshoots, which included a whole new redesign of The Wolfman’s look. The film previously had a February, then April, then November 2009 release date (talk about rescheduling), but I guess the shooting issues effectively forced the studio’s hand and now the film is set to debut on February 12, 2010 – a time of year that has traditionaly used as a dumping ground for bad films.

Green Zone is a war-drama/thriller film that reunites Bourne director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon, and is about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of weapons of mass destruction. The film has been moved to March 12th next year, which suggests that the studio isn’t that hopeful about it getting many awards (otherwise¬† they would have kept it in late 2009 to be eligible for the Oscars).

Perhaps Green Zone is more of an war-thriller (a la The Hurt Locker ) than it is an Oscar-suited war-drama…

Universal President of Marketing and Distribution, Adam Fogelsen, said that, “We have seen just how enormous first quarter movies can be,” and cites the fact that movies in February this year made $215 million compared to the $136 million from November the year before as a (the?) reason for the release date moves.

I have only heard little things about Green Zone (I think I first heard about it in Empire magazine about a year ago), so beyond the desire to see Damon and Greengrass work together once again, I can’t honestly say I’m too concerned about its move.

But with regards to The Wolfman, I’m really quite disappointed. The shooting troubles may absolutely demand the release date be pushed back (and, admittedly, a long-awaited quality movie (if it turns out to be that) is better than a rushed bad one), but I was looking forward to seeing it as soon as possible.

What do you think about The Wolfman and Green Zone being moved ahead to 2010? Do you think the studio’s financial reasoning is understandable?

As stated, The Wolfman is now slated for a February 12th release, and Green Zone is slated for a March 12th release, both in 2010.

Sources: Variety (via Cinematical) and Empire (for the Green Zone pic)

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  1. I would have liked to see The Wolfman this October, but as long as they make a quality flick I can wait.

  2. Dammit!

  3. Damn, I was so looking forward to seeing The Wolfman on November. I was actually anticipating it since it was supposed to be released on April. But… I guess one year from its very initial rlease date is not that bad. But I heard in a site that the reason for its delaying was also that they didn’t want to compete with another werewolves film (New Moon). Ha, as if I wanted to go see that film.

  4. @Iron Knight,

    Good thought! I COMPLETELY forgot about New Moon opening at round about the same time. That may very well be the REAL reason beyond just money.

    Kudos, bud.

  5. So very disappointed in this move. The Wolfman and Ninja Assassin are the two movies I’m looking forward to the most. Especially The Wolfman.

    I was steaming that it got pushed to November, but that is nothing compared to what I’m feeling now. This movie BETTER deliver. If it doesn’t, it’s a huge waste of a brilliant cast. I hope on the DVD/Blu-Ray, that they include the footage in the extras section including the original Wolfman design. I hope the redesign is just as cool.

    In the end, I think every fan who’s waiting to see this movie will agree that as long as it turns out to be a quality horror flick, it’s worth the wait. God help Universal if this ends up being a big steaming pile of wolf poo.

  6. The wolfman (2009) movie trailer was absolute pleasure to see have you seen this movie trailer before to day I have seen this movie trailer and it was awesome to see. The wolfman (2009) movie is one movie based on a typical movie in the past with the same name as I remember I the reading I guess it will be an fine movie experience


  7. As long as they don’t have the wolfman playing basketball or surfing on cars I’ll enjoy it.

  8. I am willing to see “Wolf Man” when it does finally come out but, can Benicio Del Toro take over a role that made famous by Lon Chaney Jr. No one can replace Lon Chaney Jr, or Lon Chaney Sr. for that matter, I don’t understand why they are trying to recreate classic movies that can never be as good as the original.