Films that will be postponed
By Sally M. Hill
Daily Cougar Staff
It may seem trivial to care about what's
happening in Hollywood and how movie schedules have changed in light of
acts of Sept. 11.
Nonetheless, the movie industry is a big
part of our economy and it does provide people with joy, escapism and even
The new Chris Rock and Anthony
Hopkins film Bad Company was just one of dozens of films that will be postponed
due to the recent terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and
Movies are something to do. Movies are
something normal and routine. Movies are something to look forward to,
especially for film
lovers like me.
Within hours, maybe minutes, of the World
Trade Center's twin towers collapsing, film studios were rethinking how
be made, marketed and released.
Margaret Stratton, a former theater manager
and current studio public relations representative in Houston, understands
Touchstone Pictures release of Big Trouble
was pushed from last Friday until sometime in 2002.
"It was funny on Monday (Sept. 10) when
I saw it," Stratton said. "But on Tuesday it was no longer funny."
The Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, Get
Shorty) comedy, starring Rene Russo and Tim Allen, involves a neutron bomb
handgun getting past airport security.
Touchstone has another movie in limbo.
The Christmas release of the Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins film Bad Company
been pushed way back because, in the plot,
New York City is targeted with a nuclear bomb.
Jeffey Wells at Reel.com said there's a
line -- delivered by a terrorist -- about turning Wall Street into a piece
Some theater owners, not the distributor,
decided Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 should be pulled from release. The low-budget,
apocalyptic Christian-themed film starring
Michael York and Michael Biehn still opened at many theaters nationwide
On the other side of the budget spectrum,
the estimated $90 million Arnold Schwarzenegger film Collateral Damage
was slated to
open Oct. 5, but has been pushed back
indefinitely because, in the film, terrorists bomb a tall building in Los
The Oct. 21 release of Dreamworks' The
Last Castle has not changed, but its ads have. The commercials showed an
flying upside-down (a symbol of distress)
-- but not anymore.
Spider-Man trailers have been removed from
theaters because of a scene with a giant spider web strung between the
Shot just for the ad, the scene was never
to be shown in the movie, which is scheduled to open in May.
Denzel Washington's latest, Training Day,
was supposed to open last Friday, but was pushed to this Friday because
thought promoting the film would be too
difficult in the days following the attack.
Other movies without terrorists or sensitive
subject matter have questionable release dates.
Edward Burns' (The Brothers McMullen) relationship
film Sidewalks of New York has been pushed back to November.
Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York is
still slated to open Dec. 21, but according to the Daily Film Digest at
Inside.com, there is
doubt the acclaimed filmmakers' latest
effort will open this Christmas because of "concerns over the gritty drama's
Men in Black 2 is still supposed to be
released on July 3, but the ending will be different than planned. The
original climax involved
the World Trade Center.
Only history will be able to accurately
reflect exactly how the attack and its aftermath have affected us internationally,
locally and personally. No doubt, a movie
will be made in the future telling us how to think about this time in history.