Schnabel’s ‘Miral’ pushed to March 2011

Posted by · 1:18 pm · October 11th, 2010

Well, it makes sense for The Weinstein Company to tidy up its slate a bit.  “Blue Valentine,” “Nowhere Boy” and big dog “The King’s Speech” are enough to play with, and there is also “The Company Men,” which has been screening lately.

So we bid farewell to Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” which was looking like an awards season also-ran anyway, given the response out of Venice and Toronto.  From the Lido, Guy wrote that “Schnabel’s stated passion for the material is scarcely evident in his screen treatment thereof” and that the film is “enlightening neither as emotional essay nor as straight-up history lecture…[it] seemingly lands shy of every imaginable target audience: it’s too dry for the middlebrow awards set that might otherwise thrill to its superficially good intentions, too didactic for the highbrow intelligentsia that turned out for the director’s previous outings, and too dull for just about everybody.”

David Poland originally Tweeted the news last night.  I’ve been waiting all morning for an informed source to verify.  Crazy, I know, but anyway, with said verification, chalk it up.  The film will be released in March of next year.

[Photo: The Weinstein Company]

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  • 1 10-11-2010 at 1:21 pm

    Ella said...

    Kris, Coming Soon says Company Men is “looking for a new release date.”

  • 2 10-11-2010 at 2:24 pm

    americanrequiem said...

    well the film is quite doa, weistein knows whats up

  • 3 10-11-2010 at 2:29 pm

    pilfering monk said...

    It’s hard to believe Schnabel could craft a dull film. I need to see it for myself.

  • 4 10-11-2010 at 2:48 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    I should’ve seen this coming. A March release date? No faith at all, it seems…

  • 5 10-11-2010 at 5:15 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Is it possible for this film to become salvageable through editing?

  • 6 10-11-2010 at 5:18 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’d say not. It’s the script that’s fundamentally botched.

  • 7 10-12-2010 at 3:55 pm

    m1 said...

    I was looking forward to this, if only for Pinto. She better find some other Oscar bait soon.

  • 8 8-01-2011 at 5:43 am

    JJ1 said...

    I actually just watched this. And while it’s not as bad as I was expecting (given all that’s been written about it), and while I didn’t find it necessarily ‘dull’ … it is definitely not on the same level as “Diving Bell” or anything else with serious award prospects.

    I actually liked Freida Pinto. As mentioned above by Guy, it really was a botched screenplay. The material is interesting. But nothing coalesces into anything meaningful.