Nikki Finke is reporting that Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio has been bumped from Oscar friendly October 2009 to February 19th, 2010.

According to a Finke insider, though the film tested in the 80s/low 90s (whatever that means), Paramount doesn’t have the coin to properly market an awards flick this year.

Being on the fence about this one all along, I can’t say I’m terribly disappointed though I suppose it’s going to leave a hole in most people’s Oscar ballots.

7 Responses to “Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ shuttered for 2009?”

  1. There are going to be more and more stories like this about upcoming movies. I think Hollywood used to still do okay in bad times (lots of films made in the 1930’s, for example), but this time they’re really feeling the bad economy. Someone I know who is involved in the business said that the film companies themselves have money, but that their parent companies are in trouble and are bleeding them.

  2. Yeah, what Alison said, although it’s shocking to hear that a Scorsese film starring Leo that tested that well and has already been in steady marketing all Summer is being dumped into February.

    WTF? That honestly makes no sense.

  3. As they would say on The Wire: That is some scandalous shit.

  4. You know, this makes no sense on the face of it. Paramount has had the best year of any major: Star Trek, Transformers, GI Joe, and Monsters vs Aliens have all done well. If this were Universal or Warners Bros I’d be less surprised. They’ve taken it in the shorts this year with a bunch of expensive flops.

  5. Very good point about Universal, Joel.

  6. It’s possible they saw it and realized it just wasn’t an Oscar movie and figured they’d save themselves the money and trouble.

  7. Here was senator Clay Davis’ response Joel -> “sheeeeeit”

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