Bryan Singer's Valkyrie Gets Moved to 2009
Just after bringing up Bryan Singer's WWII movie Valkyrie a few weeks ago, questioning its lack of buzz, it seems United Artist has pushed back the release from October to February 2009. Either this sounds like a new video game (this is its second release date push) or they've run into some huge issues internally, whether it be lack of confidence or production delays. The official word is that "the studio wanted to take advantage of an opening in the schedule for the President's Day weekend" but we all know better than that. What happened to Bryan Singer?
Valkyrie's official new release date is now February 13th, 2009. It was originally set for June 27th this summer, then moved to October 3rd, and now pushed again all the way to 2009. Here is MGM's statement on the decision:
"MGM is proud and excited to be presenting 'Valkyrie,' and because of that we want to give it the best launch possible," said Clark Woods, President of Domestic Distribution of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, which is distributing the movie domestically. "When an opening became available for President's Day Weekend, we seized the opportunity. Having seen a lot of the film and how great it is going to play once it's finished, moving into a big holiday weekend is the right move."
Apparently there is an ever-growing battle against Valkyrie from a number of critics or other industry gossip reporters. A recent article from Fox News' Roger Friedman claims that "Valkyrie is a set up for not only failure, but ridicule. Take for example this line of dialogue that is spoken to Cruise/Claus by one of his Nazi associates: 'When the SS catches you they will pull you apart like warm bread.'" I'm not sure why there is an increased amount of disdain towards Valkyrie, but its obvious the studio has felt the pressure and caved in. And I was really looking forward to seeing it in October.
What happened to Bryan Singer? Why is Valkyrie under attack?