Focus Features Delays The Boat That Rocked Until November
by Alex Billington
June 26, 2009
I don't usually report on release date changes like this unless there is something more to the story. Variety reports today that Richard Curtis' new comedy The Boat That Rocked will be distributed by Focus Features (instead of Universal proper) and has been delayed until November from its original late August release. Interestingly, they add that they're "working with filmmaker Richard Curtis to create a leaner version for American auds after the film's mixed run overseas." This isn't the kind of movie I'll be starting fights over (like Inglourious Basterds) but I'm surprising to see Universal switching things up last minute.
I know that Universal has been testing this film quite a bit with audiences in Los Angeles. But apparently it hasn't been doing so well at the international box office, making only $9.1 million in the UK, well below expectations. "It will be a shorter, leaner version. We think it is a real crowd-pleaser. We love a challenge, and we love working with Working Title," Focus Features president James Schamus said. They'll be working with Curtis to trim about 20 minutes from the film, which originally ran 129 minutes. No specific date in November has been set yet, but we'll be keep you update. In the meantime, check out the latest trailer.