Thursday, May 23, 2024

EXCLUSIVE Warren Beatty Film Has NO Set Release Date Because He Doesn’t Want to Do Film Festivals


Haha. I am laughing because The Hollywood Reporter went crazy announcing that Warren Beatty‘s untitled Howard Hughes movie has a release date. It does not. In fact, when Beatty spoke on Wednesday along with New Regency’s Brad Weston, all that was learned was the film would be released in the fall.

I told you that two weeks ago.

What THR and others don’t know is the reason there’s no set date. Warren doesn’t want to take his film to festivals. There was a big request from Cannes, and he declined.

I asked Beatty recently if he would then go to Venice. He said, “Why would I do that?” Then I said, naively, “Then Toronto? Telluride?” He said again, with a chuckle, “Why would I want to do that?”

My guess is that Beatty will have Fox hold the movie tight, a la “The Revenant,” and spring it at the last minute. No festivals seems like it might also mean the New York Film Festival. And that would be it until a mid November release.

Beatty might rightly feel that a release too soon would dilute interest by the time of the Oscar rush in early December. He’s probably correct. Building up anticipation will be key to marketing this movie. It has to be unleashed at just the right time. Too early could kill it. We’ve seen this happen over and over.

So there’s no date– just “in the fall”– but nice try.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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