Fine Line Features has pulled Gus Van Sant‘s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues from its fall lineup just three weeks before its Nov. 3 opening. Why so late? Cowgirls editor Curtiss Clayton blames the negative reaction at the recent Toronto Film Festival. ”The reviews were pretty brutal and that probably hit a few panic buttons,” says Clayton. But Fine Line president Ira Deutchman insists it was Van Sant’s choice to recut the film. ”I actually liked the film,” Deutchman says. ”But after the responses, Gus decided he wanted to do more work.”
The delay has put a crimp in promotional tie-ins, including a new edition of the novel keyed to the release. Kevin Thomas, manager of Manhattan’s Tower Books, admits he’s ”had 100 copies of the book on order. So it’s kind of a pain.” The movie is now expected to be released in March.
Additional reporting by Jeffrey Wells