George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' Next to Be Delayed to 2014
Release date shuffling continues. Surprising news to end the day today, as LA Times is reporting with quotes direct from George Clooney himself that The Monuments Men is being delayed from December to early 2014. Clooney, who directed, produced and stars in the film, reveals that the visual effects weren't finished and "we just didn't have enough time" to make the original December 18th release date. They didn't want to rush or push it out with half-finished effects, so they made the tough call. Sony Pictures, distributing in the US, will likely reschedule for February 2014, but no new date is set. A few more Clooney quotes below.
Commenting on both the visual effects and questions about awards potential, Clooney said (via LA Times):
"If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy," said Clooney, who directed the film and stars in it. "We simply don't have enough people to work enough hours to finish it."
"All we've ever said, from the very beginning, is that we wanted to make a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment," Clooney said. He said the intention was to make an ensemble film in the style of The Guns of Navarone [the 1961 J. Lee Thompson film].
This has been one of our most anticipated movies the entire year, and we were very much looking forward to seeing it. Rather unfortunate that it's being delayed, but dangit, if Clooney think the delay will be better for the movie, then I'm fine with it. A couple more months of waiting won't be that bad. Watch the latest trailer.
The Monuments Men is directed by George Clooney (Good Night and Good Luck, The Ides of March) who co-wrote the script with his producing partner Grant Heslov. An adaptation Robert M. Edsel's book of the same name, the movie follows the true story of a hand-picked group of art experts chosen by the U.S. government to retrieve artwork stolen by the Nazis. Clooney also stars in the film along with an impressive cast including Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville. We'll keep you posted on updated release plans once they determine an exact date in 2014.
UPDATE: George Clooney also revealed to The Wrap in an interview earlier this month that they've had some difficulty nailing the tone of the film. Clooney said:
"It’s been a bit of a dance. We’re trying to do the movie in the vein of war films, but you don’t want it to sound like The Great Escape. Those movies that were done in the ‘50s and ‘60s, they all had their own sort of life. You don’t want to do a replica, you have to do a new version. We’re testing it – we put some laughs in there, that’s important to me, but it’s a serious subject matter. How much is too much? The tone is lighter, then they get in trouble. ‘Gone With the Wind’ works in that way.”
This was something we noticed in the most recent full length trailer where there were some light moments, but also couple with the serious nature of the effects World War II and the Nazi regime had on culture. Clooney's discussion of classic films with the same meshing of tone shows his knowledge and talent in making a film work, so we hope the extra time the production now has to finish will do the film well.