By John Young
September 16, 2011 at 11:09 PM EDT

The 2012 dramedy A Thousand Words, about a man (Eddie Murphy) who discovers that he has only 1,000 words left to speak before he dies, has been pushed back from Jan. 13 to March 23, according to a Paramount rep. Although the studio wouldn’t comment on the reason behind the date change, it’s likely an attempt to capitalize on the buzz Murphy will earn from hosting the Oscars on Feb. 26.

The movie, which costars Allison Janney and Kerry Washington, is helmed by Brian Robbins, who directed Murphy in Meet Dave and (the Oscar-nominated!) Norbit.

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