Martin Scorsese‘s latest, Shutter Island (trailer below), was set for release October 2nd, but Paramount has decided to move it to February 19th, taking it out of contention for the 2009 Oscars (and a February release won’t help their chances in 2010 either). Via Nikke Finke:
An insider tells me. “It tested in the high 80s/low 90s and Scorsese even brought it down to 2 hours.” So what’s the problem? I hear that Paramount told the filmmakers it doesn’t have the financing in 2009 to spend the $50M to $60M necessary to market a big awards pic like this. […] I’m also told that, among the many reasons for the move, Leo [DiCaprio] wasn’t going to be available to promote the pic internationally. So the studio settled on the release date of February 19th because “that’s when Silence Of The Lambs came out” back in 1991 and it won the Oscar.