Is 'The Road' being bumped to 2009?

That’s the rumor going around at the moment. Though the Weinstein Co. web site currently lists its release date as Nov. 14, the mini-studio is unable to confirm that its eagerly-awaited Cormac McCarthy adaptation, starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron, will actually be in theaters that day. The distributor is certainly suffering its fair share of headaches at the moment, with all the tussling over the Stephen Daldry drama The Reader. After Harvey Weinstein tried to force Daldry and producer Scott Rudin to finish the film, starring Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet, in time for a 2008 release, Rudin took his name off the film late last week. With The Reader now slated for December, has Weinstein decided he doesn’t want to mount two Best Picture campaigns simultaneously?

Since the reigining Best Picture winner, No Country for Old Men, was also a McCarthy book first, The Road was high on many OscarWatchers’ lists: In fact, it now stands at No. 13 on Movie City News’ Gurus of Gold Best Picture chart (to which I’m a contributor). Should The Road get pushed, the biggest loser will be Mortensen, who earned a Best Actor nod earlier this year for his phenomenal performance in Eastern Promises. Even though he’s got two other films this fall (Appaloosa and the upcoming Nazi drama Good), his best shot at a second consecutive nomination may be off the table…at least for this year.

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  • William


  • Laurie Mann

    It’s certainly possible, given the lack of marketing the movie has had so far. On the other hand, it seems to be having a test screening in New York City tonight, so…maybe it will make the November release.

  • Jamie Kaler

    It’s a bad sign for the movie, but after reading the book, which I loved, I always thought it was going to be a tough adaptation. I feel like it got made because of how well “No Country for Old Men” did. It’s never good when someone takes their name off of a picture. I hope they didn’t screw it up…and Dave Karger rocks!

  • delo21

    That sucks. It was one film i really wanted to see!!!!

  • Tony

    so apparently the movie was screened in New York, Harvey Weinstein, in attendence, walked out, and the peers called it “a mess”
    seriously, it’s like they’re talking out of their asses or something.

  • Jordan

    The comment that it was a “mess” came from a random viewer who hasn’t read the book. The viewer complained that there were far too many shots of scenery and wandering…hmmm, that sounds like a pretty strict adaptation to me, maybe Cormac McCarthy should have his Pulitzer revoked. However, you will find two glowing reviews at Ain’t It Cool, from two individuals who have read the source material.

  • Jono Jarrett

    you don’t think Viggo’s a surer bet for Best Supporting Actor for Appaloosa? the Academy usually loves neo-Westerns (except the recent Yuma remake), they like actors from movies directed by other actors, & it worked for Marcia Gay Harden from Pollock. Viggo’s got such goodwill now that they may just want to reward him for being a great, old-fashioned Viggo-rous movie star graciously playing “supporting” to Harris.

  • Luisa

    They’ve had practically zero coverage of The Road, so this isn’t entirely unexpected. But it would be stupid to delay a movie like this for a deadzone at the box office and in the Oscar season. So it better not happen.

  • Orchid

    I saw an uncut version, and it is by far one of the best movies of the year. Superb photography, outstanding acting! The downside is that it is so incredibly gloomy and filled with horror of such intensity that I wonder if it should be relased in the times of the now. The way things are going, I doubt people would like to subject themselves to this emotional torture. Aside from that, this movie, whenever it comes out, should be in the run for an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Directing, and Best Actor. If something like Changeling were to get more nominations than this, I’d stop going to movies for 6 months in protest!

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