Tom Cruise and Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" is delayed again

By EW Staff
June 12, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Impatient Tom Cruise fans will have to wait a little longer for “Eyes Wide Shut.” The release date for the Stanley Kubrick film starring Cruise and his wife, Nicole Kidman, has been pushed back two months — to next February. The postponement is the latest delay for this psychodrama about a pair of married psychologists who are having affairs with married patients. (Kubrick called Cruise back to England for reshoots last month after wrapping a grueling 15 months of filming in January.)

The marathon production has more in common with epics like 1962’s “Lawrence of Arabia,” which shot for 17 months, and 1963’s “Cleopatra,” which took two-and-a-half years to film, than with today’s average blockbuster, which takes about 100 days of shooting. Of course, the extra time might be worth it. As Entertainment Weekly senior writer Steve Daly puts it, “A Biedermeier chair takes much longer to make than a beach lounge chair.”

Although Kubrick’s slowness has become something of a running joke in Hollywood, all naysaying will be forgotten if the film lives up to the director’s past masterpieces, which include “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “A Clockwork Orange.” “People said the same negative things about the delays on ‘Titanic,'” says Daly. “Until they saw it.”

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