Gus Van Sant’s RESTLESS seeks new release date

Andrew Johnson

by: Andrew Johnson
November 30th, 2010

Sony has decided to pull the new film from Gus Van Sant, the Mia Wasikowska-starring RESTLESS, from its original January 28 release date. IndieWire reports that the film has been finished since the summer, but that the studio may be confident enough in the film to let it play the spring festival circuit and gain more pre-release buzz.

In the film, Wasikowska stars as a 16 year old girl with a terminal illness who falls in love with a boy grieving the death of his family (played by Henry Hopper). Somehow, a ghost of a kamikaze World War 2 pilot gets thrown to the mix. The description and previously released trailer make it look like a very quirky project – in other words, the usual for Gus Van Sant.

Wasikowska was recently seen in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, which made a huge splash on the festival circuit and is attracting a lot of awards buzz. It’s no surprise that Sony may be looking to give RESTLESS a bit more time to get some more attention, particularly since January is frequently known as part of the “dry season” for movies. The actress appears to be becoming one of the most sought-after young talents in Hollywood; she’s got the very unique-looking JANE EYRE being released in March, and if that does well it could be a good awareness boost for RESTLESS.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to RESTLESS? Will you see it no matter when it’s ultimately released?

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