Paramount Contemplating 'Wolf of Wall Street' Delay Due to Runtime
Before the first trailer for Martin Scorsese's newest film The Wolf of Wall Street arrived, the film was already on the list of my most anticipated films of the year. Then after seeing the trailer, the Leonardo DiCaprio led film was definitely on our list of 21 movies we were still excited to see in the second half of 2013. But now, there's a chance we might have to wait even longer to see the promising adaptation of Jordan Belfort's book which chronicles the man's wild real life endeavors including drugs, sex, and globe-trotting, and a binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab.
THR has word that Paramount Pictures is currently considering a release date shift for the film which is currently slated to hit theaters on November 15th as the film will not be ready by then. Supposedly the cut of the film as of now is 180 minutes, and he's talking with producers about how to shorten the film. A three-hour cut of the film doesn't sound bad at all, so we're not sure why Paramount just doesn't release it, but HitFix points out that the first cut currently contains things that would likely get the film an NC-17 rating, and that's obviously something that the studio doesn't want to deal with. In addition, this means the film will not be ready for a sneak peek screening at the New York Film Festival.
But the question is, if the film gets delayed, will Paramount push it back to December in order to keep it in awards contention, or will they push it to early 2014 instead? HItFix points out that Paramount previously moved Scorsese's Shutter Island from October of 2009 to February of 2010, and it worked pretty well for the studio. But the studio could fare just as well if they decide to give The Wolf of Wall Street the Christmas release date (if the film is finished by then) currently occupied by Jack Ryan: Shadow One, and push back the Chris Pine led action thriller to January 17th, 2014. It's quite the sticky situation, but we're hoping the film is finished before the end of the year so it qualifies for the Oscars.