''All the King's Men'' gets pushed back -- The Steve Zaillian-directed remake's release date is moved to late 2006

Sean Penn can stay home this year and watch the Academy Awards ceremonies in his bathrobe. And his All the King’s Men costars Jude Law and Kate Winslet might as well bring over some chips and beer and join him on the couch, now that Sony has bumped the adaptation of Robert Penn Warren’s classic novel about corrupt Southern politics from its planned Dec. 16 slot until sometime next year. Although the shoot wrapped in April, Men — which won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Actor (for Penn’s counterpart, Broderick Crawford) when it was first brought to the big screen in 1949 — isn’t yet in Oscar-fighting form.

”There’s a lot of work to be done,” says producer Mike Medavoy, who said that writer- director Steven Zaillian (A Civil Action) is still editing and needs to tinker with the sound and James Horner’s score. But Medavoy stresses that reshoots aren’t necessary. ”We had to get everything finished within two weeks and we just didn’t have enough time.” (Another producer, Arnie Messer, adds that there have already been a few audience previews for Men that went ”reasonably well.”)

Meanwhile, Men‘s dropout allows Sony to focus its energies on other big Oscar bait, like the Rob Marshall-directed Memoirs of a Geisha (due Dec. 9). Medavoy says he’s not disappointed about the shift or worried about it leaving a stench. ”The issue is not meeting the release date…. The Godfather was released later than it was supposed to, Apocalypse Now, Titanic. The issue is, will the movie play when it opens?”

All the King's Men (Movie - 2006)
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