On the surface, “Welcome to Marwen” seems like a potentially strong Academy Award player. Based on an award winning documentary, helmed by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis, and starring Steve Carell? Yeah, that’s pretty promising stuff. Then, the Trailer dropped, which looks really interesting, but has a decidedly non awards feel to it. That being said, those new Academy members may very well gravitate towards something like that. That’s part of the charm of the evolving Oscar voter membership. Initially scheduled for a November 21st release date, Universal has now bumped it back a bit. What that means for its candidacy remains to be seen, but this no longer a November release.
Deadline is reporting that the film has gotten a new release date, moving into December. This shift is exactly one month later, putting it into the slot of December 21st. One could argue that it’s a good move, but the report has it being due to another release getting its old spot. That gives some pause to the situation. Time will tell though. Zemeckis co-writes with Caroline Thompson and directs, with Carell obviously in the starring role. Joining him are Gwendoline Christie, Eiza González, Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, and more. “Welcome to Marwen” still likely will hit the fall film festivals, so more will be revealed then. For now, this is just something to ponder.
Here’s a bit from the article:
Universal has set a November 21 release date for Green Book, the Participant/DreamWorks road trip movie starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali and directed by Peter Farrelly. The studio’s Steve Carell-starrer Welcome to Marwen, which had been on that date, now moves to December 21, the Friday before Christmas.
Perhaps “Green Book” is a bigger deal than “Welcome to Marwen” now for Universal? We shall see. Stay tuned for more when we have it.