UPDATE: ‘The Road’ Moving to 2009? Say It ain’t So!

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Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee in The Road
Photo: Dimension Films

UPDATE: THR is now reporting it has quietly “been shifted until at least December — and might be moved out of 2008 altogether.”

Sasha Stone over at Awards Daily points me to a new article at Entertainment Weekly floating a rumor that John Hillcoat’s The Road based on Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel may in fact be moving to 2009.

Though the Weinstein Co. web site currently lists its release date as Nov. 14, the mini-studio is unable to confirm that its eagerly-awaited Cormac McCarthy adaptation, starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron, will actually be in theaters that day.

The website EW’s Dave Karger points to is the long in place official site that has always labeled the film with a November 14 release date. However, Karger’s report seems bleak for the equally bleak apocalyptic flick saying:

Should The Road get pushed, the biggest loser will be Mortensen, who earned a Best Actor nod earlier this year for his phenomenal performance in Eastern Promises. Even though he’s got two other films this fall (Appaloosa and the upcoming Nazi drama Good), his best shot at a second consecutive nomination may be off the table…at least for this year.

This isn’t surprising, of course, considering we are now less than a month away from the anticipated release date and have not seen a trailer. Is there anyone out there not surprised?