There’s been a lot of high profile schedule changes lately, as we’ve seen many of the biggest and most expensive films from 2012 get moved to 2013. Man of Steel, The Great Gatsby, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Jack the Giant Killer, Gangster Squad, Gravity, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and World War Z were all supposed to come out this year, and all have been bumped to 2013. And now 47 Ronin, which was originally bumped to February 2013, has been moved to Christmas 2013.
This has led David Poland to speculate that it probably won’t come out then until 2014. And his logic makes sense: This is obviously a troubled production, and Christmas Day is usually loaded with big movies, so if you’re going to delay it this long why not wait a little more for a better date? Or, at this point, why not go whole hog and hold it until 2047? The film stars Keanu Reeves and was directed by Carl Rinsch. This is his first feature film, he’s known for his work on commercials.
It’s hard not to look at all these moves and release date shuffles, and not think that something is broken in Hollywood. Many of these moves have excuses: You could argue that the move of Gangster Squad (and its reshoots) was smart or inevitable, and with both Gravity and The Great Gatsby, you could argue that the studio didn’t want to be competing with itself for Oscars. And with Man of Steel, Warner Brothers already has The Hobbit, and summer’s a better time for Supes. That said, a lot of these films had untested filmmakers at the helm of $100 Million dollar-plus budgets with material that was never finalized before shooting began.
Which of these delayed films do you most want to see?