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Marking major changes to next year's slate, Universal Pictures has pushed back the release of horror franchise hopeful "The Wolfman" from April 3 to Nov. 6 and taken Ridley Scott's "Nottingham" out of 2009 entirely.

 

Also, U's "The Fast and the Furious 4" will now open on April 3, instead of June 12.

 

"Nottingham," toplining Russell Crowe, will open in 2010, but U did not set a specific date.

 

U said the reshuffling was the sensible thing to do, considering that "Fast 4" is completed, while the Brian Grazer-produced "Nottingham" won't start lensing until February or March.

 

And moving "Wolfman" -- a reboot toplining Benicio Del Toro -- to Nov. 6 gives the film more of a high-profile release, as well as ample time for post-production. Pic is directed by Joe Johnston.

 

Even with "Fast 4" opening in April, Universal still has one June 2009 release, the Will Ferrell adventure-comedy "The Land of the Lost," which opens June 5.

 

With "Fast 4" gone, the June 12-14 weekend now sports two comedies, giving other studios a chance to slot in counterprogramming.

 

Source: http://www.variety.com/article/VR111799715...yid=13&cs=1

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Multiple Academy Award-winning makeup artist Rick Baker told SCI FI Wire he's not exactly sure why The Wolfman is delayed for more than half a year, but added that his work does pay homage to the original 1941 Universal Pictures Wolf Man, not Baker's other lycanthrope movie, An American Werewolf in London.

 

Baker--speaking in Century City, Calif., on Dec. 14, where he received the Tesla Award from the International Press Academy--said, "It was a troubled project from the start. The first director [Mark Romanek] left, and Joe [Johnston (Jumanji, Jurassic Park III)] took it over, but it looks real good. I saw how they set it in [19th]-century England, and it looks spectacular."

 

The film stars Benicio Del Toro as Lawrence Talbot, who inherits his family's curse: turning into a werewolf when the moon is full. Baker faced a challenge crafting the makeup that would transform Del Toro into a wolfman.

 

"I had a lot of trouble with that, because Benicio already looks like a werewolf, especially when he grows his facial hair out," Baker said. "I kept telling them that he wouldn't look too much different."

 

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http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?c...=3&id=62916

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Im VERY excited for this one!! Love the story of the Wolf Man and Del Toro is a pretty good actor. Wont be to bummed about the delay. Thanks for posting.

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