Paramount Pictures is pushing the release date of Martin Scorsese's next film Shutter Island back to 2010. According to Deadline Hollywood Daily, the Leonardo DiCaprio thriller was originally set for an October 2nd debut. Now, it won't hit theaters until February of 2010, which makes it ineligible for this year's coveted award race.
An insider close to the scheduling change told Deadline Hollywood Daily, ""It tested in the high 80s/low 90s and Scorsese even brought it down to 2 hours." The author of the article claims that Paramount doesn't have the financing to spend the $50 to $60 million necessary to market the film as an award contender. It is also noted that Leonardo DiCaprio wouldn't be able to promote the film internationally in time for its October 2nd release date.
Shutter Island is now set for a February 19th release date.