“Our 2009 slate was greenlit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain flexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment. This is a situation facing every single studio as we all work through the financial pressures associated with the broader downturn. Like every business, we must make difficult choices to maximize our overall success and to best manage Paramount’s business in a way that serves Viacom and its shareholders, while providing the film with every possible chance to succeed both creatively and financially.
Martin Scorsese is not just one of the world’s most significant filmmakers, but also a personal friend. Following a highly successful 2009, we have every confidence that Shutter Island is a great anchor to lead off our 2010 slate and the shift in date is the best decision for the film, the studio and ultimately Viacom.”
– Brad Grey, Paramount Pictures Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
That’s the studio’s position folks, and they are sticking to it. Just as trailers were playing all around the country, Scorsese and DiCaprio’s latest getting the “coming in October” buzz, Paramount, pleading poverty, is moving their Fall tentpole film, Shutter Island to February 2010. As artistic portents of cinematic evil go, that’s pretty got-damn bad. Last year, The Soloist was also poised to be a major awards season player. Suddenly, Universal balked and moved the melodramatic mess to April. While some still found merit in the maudlin, manipulative drama, it was clear that few in the PR department believed in its Oscar potential.