Hey, what do you know… looks like one of my most anticipated movies of 2008 is finally going to be released — in October 2009! John Hillcoat’s adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel The Road starring Viggo Mortensen was originally slated for release sometime near the end of last year, with early buzz pegging it as a possible Oscar contender. Then The Weinstein Company hit some financial troubles, Hillcoat asked for a little more time, and they quietly decided to push it back to 2009.
After a long period of radio silence, Rope of Silicon informs us that The Weinstein Co. website has finally updated the official release date to October 16th, 2009. I didn’t quite expect it to take another full year for the movie to hit theatres, but I’m guessing that at this point it’s more a matter of marketing rather than necessity. The summer usually isn’t the right time to release a gritty and bleak post-apocalyptic thriller. Plus, no sense in wasting the Academy Award potential, right? I suppose I should probably be using all this extra time to actually read the book beforehand. What do you say… are you excited about The Road?