This, to freshen your memories, is the Bryan Singer-directed WWII pic in which the actor/studio head plays a German officer/aristocrat who tries to assassinate Hitler. MGM and United Artists announced this morning they have pushed back the release date again, this time from October 3rd, 2008, to February 13, 2009, which is President’s Day Weekend, in order “to give it the best launch possible”. I hear that when UA execs saw that Pink Panther 2 and The Wolfman moved off the date, they grabbed the holiday weekend that has produced an average of $150 million in box office over the last three President’s Day weekends. But the talk of the town is that the studio can’t figure out how to sell Valkyrie (ex-New Liner Russell Schwartz was recently brought in to help) which is reportedly filled with melodrama (and melodramatic dialogue…) After the collapse of Lions For Lambs, a lot is riding on UA’s 2nd pic and Cruise’s star turn. But I’m told by sources the cost of the pic without marketing is around $90M.
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