Most adaptations seem to get weathered and diminished with every iteration. They lose a little something in translation. But Nine is a film that I hope is galvanized with each successive adaptation. It is already based on a 1982 Tony award-winning play, which itself was based on an Italian play by Mario Fratti, derived from the legendary Italian film 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini. Nine is directed by stage musical extraordinaire Rob Marshall (Chicago, the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and starring Daniel Day Lewis as Guido Contini. Oh yeah, and it also co-stars Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, and Kate Hudson (who is talented but chooses a lot of forgettable romantic comedies).
But nothing in there is news. What is new, as Variety reports, is the fact that Nine has been preempted by The Weinstein Company until December 25th, having originally been scheduled for November, the same month that The Road, another Weinstein production, was scheduled for release. Apparently they had to be broken up. The Road itself was rescheduled from October 16th without any explanation after it had already endured a full year’s delay. The Weinstein Co. also rescheduled Youth in Revolt for January 8th of 2010, based on the word of mouth coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival.
So what did we learn from all of this? Absolutely nothing. Except now we have to wait longer to watch these potentially great films as The Weinstein Co. plays musical chairs. Honestly, it’s like watching Brett Favre in retirement: he just can’t make up his mind.