'The Beaver' release date pushed from March to May 6

In a surprising and possibly risky move, Summit Entertainment has pushed the limited release date for the Mel Gibson dark comedy The Beaver from March 23 to May 6, with an expansion on May 20. That puts the film up against potential summer blockbusters Thor and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but the studio appears confident that good buzz from its March 16 premiere at the SXSW Film Festival will help establish the project as smart counterprogramming. The press availability of director-costar Jodie Foster — who is spending the spring shooting the Roman Polanski-helmed adaptation of the play God of Carnage in Europe — was also apparently a factor in the release date swap. Gibson, meanwhile, remains embroiled in domestic violence and extortion cases involving his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. It is unclear if those cases will be fully resolved by May, but if they are, that may also at least partly help clear the dark cloud of scandal that has haunted the film since last summer.

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  • Helena Handbasket

    saw the trailer in a theater this weekend. Looks OK, but the Gibson character seems to have shades of real-life Gibson (anti-social, anxiety issues, family issues). Too weird. And, like most trailers, they essentially showed the beginning, middle and end of the entire movie, so who needs to see it anyway?

    • AcaseofGeo

      I agree. I saw the trailer a few weeks ago and I feel as if I’ve seen the whole movie already anyway. Anytime I see a preview where you start to see the emotional climax of the movie, I feel cheated because I know where the film is already headed and I don’t watch it.

      • Bluto

        I agree too—and I don’t want to see the movie because I simply don’t like him anymore.

  • LOL

    Did Mel blame the Jews yet?

    • Ringo

      Move on…

    • Bookenz

      No, he blamed blacks.

  • Shakespeare

    I think it will be good, people need 2 get over Mel and his personal life, the dude can still be a boxoffice draw. If you dont like him dont indorse him and dont watch his movies, otherwise leave the man alone and lets enjoy his work.

    • Bluto

      Mel Gibson hasn’t been a box office draw in years, and neither has Harrison Ford. If they would take page from Clint Eastwood’s playbook and take a role against type and go for accolades (Mel as a Jew—now who wouldn’t see that, or Harrison as an older, gay man) then they might be able to build some acting clout again.

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  • AcaseofGeo

    Well by then, any good response it got from March 16 will be OVER a year ago (it was already a year ago by 3/23). And to be honest, the whole domestic abuse thing has been rather quiet lately, so it could actually be MORE heated by then depending on developments. This is damage control that is really hope against hope. Whatever Mel said about Jewish people or his domestic actions are certainly going to cast a cloud on a movie that with a name like “The Beaver” and its premise was already doomed.

    • Joseph

      No it’s going to be in the festival this March, not last March. The big thing is whether the buzz will be good. If it gets bad buzz, this movie is going to bomb

  • Matt2

    I loved Mel’s last movie, Edge of Darkness. It was really maligned out of spite by the media. I recently saw the theatrical trailer for The Beaver. It’s looks very different from any other type of film I’ve ever seen of Mel. Really, it looked awful to me. I think moving it to the middle of the summer of 2011 which will be loaded with blockbusters is a huge mistake. I hope I’m wrong and it’s actually a blow-me-away type film. But, the trailer looked like complete garbage to me.

  • JPX

    This film will be D.O.A. and should just be quietly released as a direct-to-video DVD. Mel Gibson’s career is over. His anti-semetic and racist comments plus wife battery have made him Hollywood poison. I can’t imagine anyone else putting him in a film ever again.

    • Mike

      Get over yourself, do you really think that every movie and tv show you doesn’t have someone who is anti what you believe in?

      • Not Moby

        Mike, I think anti-semitism and domestic violence are fairly universally derided in our culture. We’re not talking about an anti capital gains tax controversy here.

  • DN

    To anyone who plans to see this movie (see: ‘Matt2′ Tue 02/08/11 7:35 AM), has a someone, whether on TV, in the movies, or in the music industry, done something to very much offend you? That’s what Mel Gibson has done. Does it not matter unless the person in question offends you personally? Who cares how someone has hurt anyone else?

    • Xander

      ummm … huh? Once more … with English.

    • dm

      “who cares how someone has hurt anyone else?” Nice attitude.

  • Ben Roethlisberger

    I’ve had to wait for some beaver before, but let’s not wait too long or it’ll taste old and stagnant.

    • Not Moby

      Colonel Angus, is that you?

  • Mike

    So everyone is outraged at Mel for his beliefs and alleged domestic violence, but not one of you cared to comment that people (see article) are still running to film movie’s with Polasnki….the man raped a 13 year old girl and then fled the country!

    • Gary

      A lot of people have commented on it on other pages. A lot of people are with you (and me) and a lot of people are against us. But it’s out there on EW …

  • jimbo

    im sure the beaver is going to be great! it always is. I could watch the beaver over and over and over no matter when it comes out. i hope it doesn’t get pushed back too far or it will just be too hard to find.

  • Not Moby

    First Mel Gibson. Next up Roman Polanski. Is Jody Foster trying to send her own career into the toilet?

  • MN

    Niiice Beaver!

  • HeyEugene

    Any movie attached to Mel with a title like The Beaver sounds like a bad joke, doesn’t it? or is it just me that thinks so?

  • Extremophil

    Does it also star Jerry Mathers?

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