“I was talking awhile ago about Gravity, she says how’s it going on Monuments Men and I say, it’s a tricky tone, and she writes this piece that the movie is in trouble over tone,” Clooney said in reference to a piece that Sharon Waxman posted on TheWrap. “She doesn’t call me, and it’s absolutely ridiculous and false.”
“The straight-up facts are these,” Clooney said. “We had a really good test last week, scoring in the mid 80s, in Arizona. And when we were on the plane coming back with Jeff Blake, Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton, they said look, let’s be honest. There are lots better times to bring this movie out than December 18. How about November 22? Can you do it? Now, today is our first day at the scoring stages at Abbey Road. Then they call and ask, how about the 15th of November? We like to pull stuff off, and we said, let’s see what we can do. That was two days ago.”
After speaking with his effects team, Clooney found out changing the date wouldn’t be so easy.
“We had a meeting with all the effects guys for our CGI stuff, and, we’re just not going to get there in time,” he said. “Then we looked at the date we had, December 18. I don’t know how many movies are opening, but it’s got to be the toughest December in recent memory for box office. We said, where’s another good place to land? And we looked at February and the Shutter Island slot.”
As soon as he wraps Monuments Men, Clooney will start shooting the Brad Bird-directed Disney film Tomorrowland. “I wasn’t going to be able to do much publicity for Monuments Men, which certainly factored into us saying, why are we running like crazy to get this out for a Christmas release, when that has become all about chasing Oscars?"
"We’d rather the movie be successful and have you put it out when you’re comfortable with how it looks," he added. "This is a period film and it can’t look like CG. It has to look like it’s real. We’re close, but we’re not there yet.”
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