Here’s a bit of surprising news. According to the LA Times, George Clooney’s WWII drama The Monuments Men is being delayed from December to early 2014. Clooney, who directed, produced and stars in the film, revealed that the visual effects weren’t finished and “didn’t have enough time” to make the original release date.
“If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy,” Clooney said. “We simply don’t have enough people to work enough hours to finish it. All we’ve ever said, from the very beginning, is that we wanted to make a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment.”
Also, Clooney spoke to The Wrap earlier this month where he revealed that he’s been having difficulty finding the right tone for the film. “It’s been a bit of a dance,” Clooney said. “We’re trying to do the movie in the vein of war films, but you don’t want it to sound like The Great Escape. Those movies that were done in the ‘50s and ‘60s, they all had their own sort of life. You don’t want to do a replica; you have to do a new version. We’re testing it – we put some laughs in there, that’s important to me, but it’s a serious subject matter. How much is too much? The tone is lighter, and then they get in trouble. Gone With the Wind works in that way.”
This news is only surprising because this film was heavily speculated to be a major Oscar contender. While this is slightly disappointing, it’s better for Clooney and co. to focus on making The Monuments Men as stellar as possible. Either way, a two-month delay isn’t that big of a deal.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.
The film co-stars Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban.
UPDATE: Sony has given The Monuments Men a release date of February 7th, 2014, according to Screen Crush.