The Weinstein Company has bumped its potential Oscar contender Grace of Monaco from its November 27, 2013 release date into an unspecified date in the spring of 2014. Insiders claim that the studio needs more time to complete the drama, which will now be positioned as more of a commercial entry instead of awards-season bait. Of course, the film could still be in contention for the 2014 awards season, although it will be more difficult with a spring release date.
Grace of Monaco gets pushed into 2014
Nicole Kidman stars as Hollywood icon Grace Kelly, who gave up her film career after marrying Monaco's Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth). The story also centers on how the starlet used her fame and influence to help solve a dispute between France and Monaco, as well as her marital problems and issues with her identity.
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, given that TWC chairman Harvey Weinstein seemed rather excited about the film, when he previewed the company's fall slate during the Cannes Film Festival, noting that it was his seventh film with Nicole Kidman.
Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose) directed the film from a screenplay by Arash Amel (Erased). The Weinstein Company still has a full slate of award-worthy movies this year, including Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels' the Butler, foreign entry The Grandmaster and documentaries Salinger and 20 Feet from Stardom. Other potential award season entries include the upcoming Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and August: Osage County.
Grace of Monaco comes to theaters March 14th, 2014 and stars Nicole Kidman, Milo Ventimiglia, Parker Posey, Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi, Geraldine Somerville. The film is directed by Olivier Dahan.