Saturday, August 22, 2009

'Shutter Island' release shuttered until next year

Paramount Pictures announced on Friday, Aug. 21 that it's pushing the release of Martin Scorsese's made-in-Massachusetts film "Shutter Island," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, from Friday, Oct. 2 to Feb. 19, 2010, citing financial pressures.

"Our 2009 slate was greenlit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain flexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment," responds Paramount honcho Brad Grey in a release. "This is a situation facing every single studio as we all work through the financial pressures associated with the broader downturn."

The Oscar best picture category has been expanded to 10 for the 2009 season and, unfortunately, the move will knock "Shutter Island" out of contention for an Academy Award this year.

The film follows two U.S. marshals (played by DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) who investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane to an eponymous Boston-area island in 1954. During the investigation, they encounter a web of lies, a hurricane and a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.

Based on the epic novel "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane, the Boston-shot flick features DiCaprio, Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley and was shot in Taunton's Whittenton Mills Complex (recrafted as the horrific Nazi concentration camp Dachau) as well as the Medfield State Hospital and Peddocks Island. Other locales include Borderland State Park, Hyde Park and Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham.

Click here for the latest on "Shutter Island."

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