UPDATED: Scorsese's 'Wolf of Wall Street' Will be Delayed, but Until Christmas or 2014?

wolf-of-wall-street-pictures-featUPDATE: Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411 is claiming to have received confirmation that The Wolf of Wall Street will not hit theaters until 2014. I will write an official post once the news is confirmed by Paramount.

PREVIOUS STORY: Earlier this week we learned Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street may end up being delayed as the director had only just screened the film for the studio and it may not be able to make its November 15 release date.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter is taking it one step further saying it "won't be ready for its scheduled" release as Scorsese attempts to cut down what is said to be a current, 180-minute cut of the film, hoping to have it ready by Christmas.

This, of course, would cause other issues with the studio's current slate as a move to Christmas would mean having to move Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan from Christmas Day to a nasty little dead zone of a release date, January 17. While THR's Pamela McClintock tries to spin opening a film over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a good thing, I hardly think trying to reignite a franchise in a month notoriously referred to as a "dumping ground" is a good thing, but say what you will.

Based on Jordan Belfort's tell-all autobiography, The Wolf of Wall Street centers on Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 1990s securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration.

Here's a look at the trailer.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/IlirMehmeti/ Ilir Mehmeti

    I hope it will only be delayed till december this year! I want to see Leo get that Oscar (at least a nomination). He truly deserves it! And yet even if he doesn't get nominated or win, I wish to see it because it's a frekin' MARTIN SCORSESE PICTURE!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I wonder if he actually wants to cut it down or if the studio is forcing him to. Given that it's Scorsese it's probably the former, but you never really know.

    I don't care at all about Jack Ryan, but I'll go ahead and play the opposite side of the January argument just because. Yes it's known as a dumping ground, but we're getting to (if not past) the point where the cinematic calender will have to expand again if studios want to continue releasing so...many...tentpoles. Seven years ago, did anyone think that March could become a month in which you release not just the occasional blockbuster, but multiple blockbusters (or at least blockbuster attempts) every year? Summer and Christmas (November-December) have become saturated so March has become the spot for riskier blockbusters (those with R ratings or without guaranteed built-in audiences). And still, this past summer was clearly oversaturated given the number of big bombs (part of that comes from a lack of quality as well). Also, April is generally one of the slowest months of the year, yet Disney is still opening Captain America 2 there (though that honestly makes no sense in my mind as it could easily play in the summer). You could say the same for September; it used to be a dumping ground to rival January, where movies made even less money (it's still the slowest month of the year). Yet over the last few years it's become common to see at least one serious adult drama open in mid-September, and they've generally done pretty well. The calender is being forced to expand, and while January new releases traditionally aren't known for quality, the money has been shown to be there (particularly on MLK weekend) if there are appealing movies available (note that appealing is not always equal to quality).

    • http://nktkomarov.livejournal.com/ Nick

      Captain America 2 will safely play for the whole April considering there's next to no competition, and between The Hunger Games, Clash of the Titans and Fast & Furious 4, that time of the year has a nice little history of blockbuster openers. It's a much better proposition than, say, have the movie sandwiched in between Transformers 4 and Fast & Furious 7 or something like that.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AndrewJ.S./ Andrew J.S.

    Maybe a limited release on Christmas then expansion in January

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I really hope they don't push it back to 2014, as it's my most anticipated of the year at the moment. Love me some Scorsese.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Hey Brad, can't they do a limited release this december for the awards eligibility and go wide for the public in January like ZDT did last year?

    It's my most anticipated of the year. And wow didn't know the current runtime is 3 hours.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

      That's what I'm thinking they will do.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      It all depends on the kind of film it is. This isn't a Zero Dark Thirty kind of drama, it's a black comedy that either needs a general audience marketing push or awards love. It's all about the money.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Christmas Day is already too crowded. We have American Hustle, August: Osage Count, and Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

    • http://imqwerty.wordpress.com/ Jordan B.

      Not to mention Anchorman 2 and Foxcatcher on December 20. And if Her finds a theater near me on its limited release date (December 18), it just may be one of the best Christmas-time release periods I've seen. And The Monuments Men hits on December 18 as well. Suffice to say, I'm looking forward to it, but as I said yesterday, I'll see Wolf no matter when it releases, though I'm hoping for sooner rather than later.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    An 180 minute NC-17 Martin Scorsese film? That's a Christmas gift any time of the year.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      It won't be NC-17 when it's released.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

        Yeah and it'll probably be trimmed down to 140-160 minutes, but a guy can dream.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

      Agreed. The thought of that sounds fantastic.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Foggy/ Liam Fogarty

    No way Paramount are going to loose the chance to grab some awards, this'll be ready of Christmas regardless.

    On the flip side though, for a studio film with a moderate budget, big director and stars in, it's a little funky that the studio has only just found out that some aspects of the film maybe a little too risqué.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/EPayneDDS/ EPayneDDS

    Shit fire!

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    Doesn't Scorcese almost always have to heavily cut his films of late to manageable runtime's nowadays? I'm fairly sure there's another two hours of Gangs of New York sitting somewhere.

    I don't think Paramount would want to delay it for a whole year though. That's a long time. Although since there's no real word on 'how' the film is actually shaping up maybe more time to finesse it is a factor.

    They need to make a decision quick.

    Jack Ryan is one that I'm interested in because I enjoyed the 90's films and it seemed it had the potential to be a fun alternative to the 'Please, PLEASE gimme an Oscar.........even just a nomination to validate my existence' type films that will be heavily in play by then and I think Paramount was hoping for a Christmas hit akin to 2011's Ghost Protocol when they placed it on Dec 25th. I think they would be loath to move it back.

    But Paramount really doesn't have a whole lot left coming out this year if those two move.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    I'll echo what's already been said and say i'll be surprised if its not out before christmas but im fine if its delayed as there's other films closer to my heart than this. Im sure it'll be great though, how could it not.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Christmas is already too crowded. The smart move is to follow what Gatsby did this year. That movie killed it at the box office, and assuming that Wolf is a better film it could be looking at big numbers.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    Ugh I don't want to wait, i've been waiting too long but December is so crowded (American Hustle, Her, The Monuments Men, Anchorman 2, Foxcatcher, The Hobbit 2, Out of the Furnace, Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, Lone Survivor, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty & August: Osage County). Maybe they could do something similar they did with ZD30, limited release around Christmas and wide in January? I'll take that. Around awards days, it will be ready.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kevinb/ kevinb

    I am a big fan of both Scorsese and DiCaprio. After seeing the same trailer that has been showing the past several months, WHAT could possibly make one think this film has Oscar potential??? Early release in 2014 during the slow months makes sense, at least from what I have seen so far.

    • BradyD

      Maybe the fact that it is a Scorcese/DiCaprio movie complete with an ensemble cast?

  • James Smith

    It seems like there is no winning with leo -- he should finally get the oscar and it's frustrating.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

    Whenever it is released I'll be going. I'm looking forward to the familiar scorsesi DiCaprio team. The sooner the better for me. But I am going to be pretty busy over Christmas vacation watching the slew of releases. I have punched my discount tickets from Costco and am ready to rock n roll!
    First up is Catching Fire.

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  • MartinDiCaprio

    When I think of Scorsese and black comedy obviously I think of The King of Comedy, which I absolutely loved. Dicaprio is my favorite actor and when these two team up it usually equals something fantastic. But I have to admit that the news of them pushing the release date has me worried. It sounds much like what happened to Shudder Island, and that was my least favorite Dicaprio/Scorsese film and got zero Oscar recognition (still a decent film). Brad are you worried that this film is headed for the same "demise"???? Originally I was hearing possible Oscar recognition for Dicaprio, Hill, and McConaughey, as well as other possible nominations for best film, director, screenplay, etc. I'm not giving up on the film, but I'm very troubled by this news. Am I overreacting????

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Zevastian/ Zevastian

    Seems it's going to be released this year after all, @kristapley posted this on twitter earlier today:

    "I'm told by Paramount that @showbiz411's report is not true. So someone's not communicating or someone's too eager. Either way, I'll wait."