"Shutter Island", the thriller mystery from Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, is no longer among the Paramount Pictures' 2009 line-up. In a surprising move, the studio announced on Friday, August 21, that the theatrical release date of the movie has been pushed back from October 2, 2009 to February 19, 2010.
As speculations over the move built up, Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Brad Grey came up with an official statement. "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," so the studio topper reasoned.
"Leonardo DiCaprio is among the most talented actors working today, and Martin Scorsese is not just one of the world's most significant filmmakers, but also a personal friend," he continued explaining. "Following a highly successful 2009, we have every confidence that 'Shutter Island' is a great anchor to lead off our 2010 slate and the shift in date is the best decision for the film, the studio and ultimately Viacom."
With "Shutter Island" out of the 2009 slate, Paramount will only have one movie to be presented this fall. The studio will release Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" on December 11. Paramount's decision to move "Shutter" prompted Fox Searchlight to immediately slid Drew Barrymore-directed film "Whip It!" to the October 2 slot.
Based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel, "Shutter Island" tells the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule. The two are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island's fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.
The script was provided by "Alexander" screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis. In addition to Leonardo DiCaprio, the cast ensemble consist of Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Max von Sydow, Jackie Earle Haley and Patricia Clarkson.