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MIRAL gets pushed back to 2011

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
October 11th, 2010

Despite coming from one of today’s most beloved arthouse filmmakers, Julian Schnabel’s latest film MIRAL just hit a road block.

According to David Poland, the film has been shelved, and won’t see a release until 2011.

The film was originally set to release on December 3, and after mostly negative reviews coming out of the festival circuit (particularly Venice where it played to rather toxic buzz), the film will be delayed until further notice.

Backed by The Weinstein Company, the move makes complete sense, knowing that films like THE KING'S SPEECH will be getting most of the company’s Oscar campaign funds. The studio is famous for picking their Oscar choice and basically jettisoning any and all hope behind subsequent releases, so this should truly come as no shock.

It’s still a depressing move, however. I am a massive fan of Julian Schnabel, particularly BASQUIAT and THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (the latter being one of the 20 best films of the decade past), so while the buzz may not be as warm as one would hope, this is still very much a film to keep an eye out for. Schnabel is a master filmmaker, so I can’t wait to check this one out, bad buzz and all.

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