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Fanboys Pushed to 2009

In addition to several other properties, Weinstein Co. has decided to push back its long-delayed Star Wars-themed comedy Fanboys, which was suppose to finally hit theaters next month, to February 6, 2009.  That puts the film in competition with Summit’s Sci-Fi superhero film Push, the comedy Pink Panther 2 and the Jennifer Aniston comedy He’s Just Not That Into You.  The studio also pushed back three other films into 2009, they are: John Madden’s action thriller Killshot (January 23, 2009), the Harrison Ford/Sean Penn drama Crossing Over and MikaelHåfström’s Shanghai, which haven’t yet been given an exact slot.

Here’s how Harvey Weinstein explained the moves to the LA Times blog The Big Picture:

Fanboys: Harvey says the movie has been moved to January “so we can do a major promotion with Comcast, who’s arranging for a big advertising tie-in for us on the film.”

Crossing Over: “We’re moving it to January. The market is just too crowded. Every week there are five more movies coming out. It’s too crazy. Spring is much better–there are a lot more wide-open dates. The most important thing is to do well by the movie. Having it out in January gives us the opportunity to play the film at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals, which will be a big help to the movie.”

Killshot: “Everyone has said that Mickey Rourke is amazing in ‘The Wrestler’ and will be up for all sorts of awards, so we decided to move ‘Killshot’ to a date a few weeks before the Oscars. That way we can capitalize on all the heat that’s going to be around Mickey.”

Shanghai: “It just couldn’t be ready in time. The movie wasn’t finished shooting until August and the director, Mikael Hafstrom, doesn’t even deliver his cut until early November. He doesn’t want it out now and neither do we. He needs time to make it as great as possible.”

Source: LA Times

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