"Road" rerouted into 2009 release schedule

Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:28pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - When it comes to the 2008 Oscars, this could be the end of "The Road." The Viggo Mortensen-starring dark thriller, which earlier this week had been pushed from November to December, now looks likely to open in 2009.

A new release date has not been set, but the movie, a Dimension title from The Weinstein Company, probably will bow in either February or March.

The Weinstein Company declined to comment on any postponement. But director John Hillcoat's film about a man (Mortensen) and his son wandering a post-apocalyptic U.S. is not expected to be ready in time for a 2008 release, and those involved with the film have decided that it will benefit from more post-production time and a less crowded release calendar.

For the Weinstein Company, the move means that its awards efforts will be concentrated on Stephen Daldry's "The Reader" and Woody Allen's "Vicky Christina Barcelona."

Based on a Cormac McCarthy novel and produced by 2929 Productions and Nick Wechsler Prods, "The Road" is said to straddle the line between a commercial and prestige release.

Given that another McCarthy novel resulted in the Oscar-winning "No Country for Old Men" and that Mortensen was nominated last year for his lead role in "Eastern Promises," "Road" had been mentioned as an awards contender.

The move further clears out an Oscar calendar that just a week ago looked a lot more crowded. Paramount has pushed back Joe Wright's feel-good drama "The Soloist" to March, where executives are hoping the movie will benefit from more box-office breathing room.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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