Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’ Bumped to 2014

By October 23, 2013
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The Monuments Men pic

We’re very much looking forward to seeing George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, The Monuments Men, but now we’re going to have to wait a little longer to see his ragtag group steal stolen art back from the Nazis.

The L.A. Times spoke with Clooney about the delay, and the actor/director revealed that the reason for the film being pushed is because its visual effects weren’t going to be completed in time for its initial release date of December 18th.

We just didn’t have enough time. If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. We simply don’t have enough people to work enough hours to finish it…This is a bigger film than we usually do. It was a mad rush to do it from the very beginning…It wasn’t going to be finished, and I wouldn’t want to have my name on it. You don’t want it to look like a film that was all done in the computer.

The film has been moved to an unspecified February date next year. That slot, of course, will take it out of Oscar contention for this year, but that doesn’t seem to bother the filmmaker too much. “All we’ve ever said, from the very beginning, is that we wanted to make a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment,” he said.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a lot of movement on studio calendars for upcoming films. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street has proven more difficult to edit than originally anticipated, and will move from November 15th to December 25th. Foxcatcher, once set to debut during the AFI Film Festival in a couple of weeks, was kicked to an unspecified release date in 2014 in order to give the filmmakers more time to complete it, and the Nicole Kidman-starring biopic Grace of Monaco has also been delayed until spring of next year.

Here’s hoping the extra time will give Clooney and his team the boost they need to wrap up post production and deliver an excellent film…even if we’ll have to wait a couple more months to see it.

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