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April 8, 2008
Valkyrie Delayed To 2009
— Posted by Rodney
The MGM release has been moved from October 3 to February 13, coinciding with the U.S. Presidents Day holiday weekend. Last December, it was pulled from its original July 4 holiday weekend berth where it would have competed with the Angelina Jolie thriller “Wanted.” “When an opening became available for President’s Day Weekend, we seized the opportunity,” said MGM distribution president Clark Woods, referring to Universal’s recent decision to pull “The Wolf Man” out of that slot and into April 3.
The news circling this project has been akin to a flock of vultures. With each news release new questions arise and my expectations drop. Just yesterday we posted about a Fox rep that has seen the film and said it sucked. Now we learn of another rescheduling.
Perhaps President’s Day is a better day for the film’s release – but I am guessing it’s due to lack of competition and a hope to call “dibs” on the far off weekend. I am guessing that they expect this to tank and want to bring in the best opening possible; because the subsequent drop off will be severe.
On the bright side, perhaps a drinking game will be made to coincide with the watching of Valkyrie.
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