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Report: 'Shutter Island' release pushed to February 2010

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Paramount Pictures has pushed the release date of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie Shutter Island from Oct. 2 to Feb. 19, 2010, Nikki Finke reports on her Deadline Hollywood Daily blog. The movie, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio, had tested well with audiences and already started to generate Oscar buzz, Finke reports. Among the reasons she cites for the push are concerns that the financing isn’t available to market the film the way the studio wants to, as well as questions about DiCaprio’s availability to promote the movie internationally.

UPDATE: The L.A. Times has published a statement from Paramount Pictures’ chairman Brad Grey regarding the push of Shutter Island: “Our 2009 slate was green-lit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain flexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment.”