The Road: They are "each the other's world entire.


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Re: The Road: They are "each the other's world entire.
« Reply #45 on: March 09, 2009, 06:31:09 PM »
On comingsoon.net, it says the release date of The Road is TBA 2009. I'm wondering if that means that they're trying to release at the end of this year, or if this is an assumption.

I think they will release it at the end of year, close to the award season.

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« Reply #46 on: March 09, 2009, 08:12:28 PM »
Where in the World is ?The Road??

?It essentially comes down to this: if The Road sucks or distributor Dimension Films tosses the movie into a time capsule for release in the next decade? I?m going to have to carefully reconsider my life. We?re talking ?Chicken Soup for the Soul? and a trip to India here, folks. Yet, my oracle talents feel on their game tonight, and I?m saying Cormac McCarthy and Viggo Mortensen can book their hotels and plane tickets for Oscars 2009.? ? David Frank (that?s me!), 2/27/08

Sometimes I should just leave hyperbole to Harry Knowles and the fortune telling to the cookies sold at The Sushi House across the street. The above quote came from an editorial in which I singled out The Road as my most anticipated film of 2008. We?re now heading into year two of ?The Road Watch,? and my obsession with this novel and film is well on its way to becoming an annual editorial just like ?Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus? ? ?Yes Virginia, there is a film based on The Road, and if the world ever sees it, no one will believe in Santa Claus.? There?s a new calendar hanging on my wall ? with cute pandas wrestling grizzly bears this year ? and one thing remains certain: The Road is the only film I?d crawl through a dozen Tyler Perry movies to see.

But that?s assuming it?s released in 2009. Last year, I kidded about Dimension Films (a.k.a. The Weinstein Company) dropping the film into a time capsule for Nicolas Cage to find and use to predict the apocalypse (that joke will remain just as unfunny when Knowing comes out), but who knew that?d be the one thing I?d get right. However, this was always a possibility after Dimension became the film?s distributor. The Weinstein brothers are infamous for weighing down their vault shelves with films for countless years and then spitting them out on two screens for a week. It?s a twisted hobby for them. And I fear the negative for The Road may end up propping up Bob Weinstein?s coffee table (probably the same one with the Killshot negative as a coaster).

For those paying attention to more important things such as the economy or the fate of the kiddie actors from Slumdog Millionaire, here?s how things went down. The Road?s original release date was mid-November 2008. When October rolled by and no official poster or trailer had arrived (although a bland official site found its way onto the Internet), everyone knew something was up. As it turned out, the suspicions were correct. Instead of discussing The Road around the water-cooler in November, I was stuck arguing about how Robert Pattinson styles his hair (kids, the secret is stripper juice). Apparently The Road wasn?t quite ready in time, and The Weinstein Company planned to focus all attention on purchasing Oscar nominations for The Reader (which in the end, turned out quite well for Kate Winslet and quite horrible for anyone who can?t stomach films unintentionally catering to Holocaust deniers). There was the rumor the Weinsteins might sneak The Road into a late December date with a limited opening to hedge their bets in case The Reader?s Oscar-bribing failed, and if December didn?t work out, just maybe we?d get it in the first quarter of 2009. Of course neither happened. And BAM! All official news on The Road?s release date completely fell off the map (yes, I?ve been waiting to type that sentence for awhile now).

We know the film has been screened for test audiences in the last few month because several websites have ran those odious, barely literate reader reviews posted by such trusted sources as Kabong or Viper X or some guy just named Dave (seriously, when are certain web masters going to realize how useless that bull#@!* is?). And according to a recent BBC report ? which features a few notes of Nick Cave?s and Warren Ellis? score ? the film is finished and the novel?s author, Cormac McCarthy, has seen it and approves. The BBC also guesses that the film may not arrive until fall 2009 to improve its Oscar chances (and knowing the Weinstein brothers? lust for golden bald dudes, that?s very likely). But it?s just that, a guess. From all appearances, no one outside of the filmmakers has a goddamn clue when the movie will hit the big screen.

Look, I?m happy the film was delayed if it wasn?t ready. I?m all for tweaking a film in order to get it right. Nothing worse than rushing a film to make a release date. Yet, the film is finished and now it?s time for Dimension Films to get its marketing on. The seed of a decent marketing campaign capitalizing on the novel?s prestige had begun last summer with high-profile set visits by the ?New York Times? and ?Los Angeles Times? (as far I know, none of us lowly web reporters were invited out to the set). Yet, that was some time ago, and the marketing is going to have to hit reset. Here?s a suggestion on how to begin the sales pitch: Give us an honest release date. Hell, I?ll take a month. No, I?ll take a season and a year, as long as the Weinsteins promise to stick to it. After dropping that info, maybe someone can take a day to cut a trailer together.

While The Road cost nickles to make (okay, $20 to $30 million worth of nickels), box-office profit is not guaranteed. The film will be a tough sell to the average moviegoer. After all, the book doesn?t leave any hope for mankind?s survival and details a world in which people have babies just to cook them on a spit. Yeah, it?s a feel-bad movie. From all accounts of those who?ve read the screenplay, the adaptation closely follows the book and will probably be a violent, quiet, thoughtful piece of filmmaking that doesn?t kowtow to the stupid (at least that?s a best-case scenario).

Yet, the film does have three wildly divergent demographics it can appeal to and bring to the box-office. You?ve got the arty-farty-smarty literary types wowed by the novel and who already enjoy cerebral independent cinema ? this is who the fancy-pants ?New York Times? and ?Los Angeles Times? articles were geared towards. Then you have the Oprah Book Club soccer moms who read McCarthy?s novel because Commander Oprah ordered them to do so. If some advertising plays towards the parent-child angle, which it must since that?s the story?s core, then Dimension can probably pull those ladies in. And finally you have the geeks, nerds and fanboys. Sure, this crowd normally doesn?t get excited unless a movie has transforming robots or men in leotards, but The Road does have cannibals roaming around the countryside trying to eat children ? and geeks tend to eat that #@!* up.

Personally, I believe the geeks, nerds and fanboys could be the largest potential demographic for The Road if Dimension Films figures out how to market the film to them (begin by defying all expectations and have a presence at San Diego Comic Con ? okay, I admit that?s just a wild dream of mine, but the horror aspect of the story does play for this sort of event). It also doesn?t hurt that most of the movie news websites, whose readership consists mainly of geeks, nerds and fanboys, are in The Road?s corner ? otherwise, why else would I be writing this editorial. When the rare bit of news on The Road does dribble out, you can count on nearly every major movie-news website covering it, and then whining about the absence of a release date. If Lionsgate can manipulate these websites into whipping up the fanboys for its Saw franchise year after year, I don?t see why the powerful Weinsteins couldn?t manage the same feat* with a film that also features plenty of gruesome death along with post-apocalyptic destruction and names such as Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron making up the cast. So what if it?s a tad more prestigious than torture-porn, no one has to know until the credits roll, and by then they have been washed over by what is hopefully a great movie and won?t even care.

Yet, maybe the film sucks and Dimension is playing shadow games with the release date solely for that reason. It?s always possible. And while The Road is the only film I?ve gotten fanboyish over in the last several years (yes, I do feel dirty for attaching myself to that term), I wouldn?t back down from calling it a piece of #@!* if it so happens to turn out that way ? although I?d be crushed, buuuut not I?m-moving-to-India-for-soul-searching type of crushed. Yet, I?m still willing to bet large sums of cash (um, let?s say Monopoly cash because I?m cheap) that Dimension has, at the very least, a good film on their hands, if not a great one. But who will ever know if it isn?t shown to the public?

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Not only us, everybody who read the book is waiting for this movie.

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Re: The Road: They are "each the other's world entire.
« Reply #47 on: March 10, 2009, 01:26:13 PM »
This is kind of like what happened to Valkyrie, it just kept getting pushed back and back, and then it finally came out-and was very good.
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« Reply #48 on: March 10, 2009, 01:53:45 PM »
This is kind of like what happened to Valkyrie, it just kept getting pushed back and back, and then it finally came out-and was very good.

You are right. Totally forgot about that.

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« Reply #49 on: March 12, 2009, 04:36:35 PM »
This reminds me of "Inkheart". They finished filming years ago, and they don't release it for such a long time. "The Road" needs to get a better studio.

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« Reply #50 on: March 12, 2009, 04:45:00 PM »
This reminds me of "Inkheart". They finished filming years ago, and they don't release it for such a long time. "The Road" needs to get a better studio.

Exactly. I hope they promote the movie good on time. I know the delayed the release for the oscars next year, but their promotion must be really good.


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« Reply #51 on: March 12, 2009, 05:03:14 PM »
This reminds me of "Inkheart". They finished filming years ago, and they don't release it for such a long time. "The Road" needs to get a better studio.

Exactly. I hope they promote the movie good on time. I know the delayed the release for the oscars next year, but their promotion must be really good.



I agree. They really need to market this film well. I'm worried, though, because we're leaving this in the hands of The Weinstein Company. It's not a bad studio, but it's definitely not great with their marketing. Hopefully, they'll see how good this film will be and actually consider marketing well.

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« Reply #52 on: March 12, 2009, 06:01:58 PM »
This reminds me of "Inkheart". They finished filming years ago, and they don't release it for such a long time. "The Road" needs to get a better studio.

Exactly. I hope they promote the movie good on time. I know the delayed the release for the oscars next year, but their promotion must be really good.



I agree. They really need to market this film well. I'm worried, though, because we're leaving this in the hands of The Weinstein Company. It's not a bad studio, but it's definitely not great with their marketing. Hopefully, they'll see how good this film will be and actually consider marketing well.

This is what everyone says about Wienstein Company, they better do a good marketing for the film. CormaC MCcarthy the author of the novel, already seen the movie and he approves it. I hope the marketing is good.


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Re: The Road: They are "each the other's world entire.
« Reply #53 on: March 13, 2009, 05:25:58 PM »
Well that's good news the author approved it, but yeah, I still hope they market it really well.

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« Reply #54 on: March 13, 2009, 09:59:52 PM »
Yes it is a good thing to know that the author approves of the film. I read an artlcle online, there was discussion about the movie "The Road". No negative review from anyone so far and I know there will not be any negative review. Critics or regular audience are so far satisfied by the movie and direction of this movie. There were special screenings were held for specific audience. And some was lucky enough to watch the movie.

I will consider myself lucky, cause the movie will be completed to the fullest when it will release later this year.

There are people saying THE ROAD will be one of those movies that will make you pray to God to protect from that day which is told in the novel. I prayed right after I finished reading the novel. It was hard for me to leave the characters and I was really sad what happens in the end and also happy what happens in the end. I will not spoil it - it is up to you anyone here to read the novel or wait for the film's release.

People are also claiming that THE ROAD will be the next Exorcist. There will be protests, vomting uproars from the religious groups and concerned people, parents. When people comes out the theatre, they better take this globe serious. They better stop the hatred and wars. I know lots of people made fun of 'The Happening' they never understood the meaning behind the movie. If by any chance incident like in THE HAPPENING or THE ROAD comes - there will be nothing funny at all.

Still no single trailer from THE ROAD - I think I have to take a day off from my work and script and start knocking at Weistein's Door - Is Road finished? - will be my question.




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« Reply #55 on: March 14, 2009, 10:49:43 AM »
"The Road" could indeed be very controversial.

And no negative review? That's awesome. It's proof it'll be awesome.

That's cool that people found a meaning behind it, and it sounds emotional.

That's a great idea by the way. We should call up The Weinstein Company and ask them about where thy are on the post-production of "The Road". We have to ask about the release date, and when a trailer will come up.

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« Reply #56 on: March 14, 2009, 08:01:03 PM »
"The Road" could indeed be very controversial.

And no negative review? That's awesome. It's proof it'll be awesome.

That's cool that people found a meaning behind it, and it sounds emotional.

That's a great idea by the way. We should call up The Weinstein Company and ask them about where thy are on the post-production of "The Road". We have to ask about the release date, and when a trailer will come up.


Yes, no negative review so far. They so Viggo Mortenson deserves an academy award for his performance.
And the director deserves an academy award for his work on THE ROAD. The newcomer, little boy playing the role of THE BOY has done an incredible job, says critics, people and Viggo Mortenson himself.

Do you want to email the studio or should I? Let me know....

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Re: The Road: They are "each the other's world entire.
« Reply #57 on: March 14, 2009, 09:32:05 PM »
Well, I looked for the address and everything online, and I couldn't find anything. I could do more research, or we need to get IMDb Pro subscription. But I'll be willing to call them.

EDIT: Hmm, I found a mail address, but this for questions and comments about privacy policy. Dang it, I think we need to get a subscription for IMDb Pro.
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« Reply #58 on: March 14, 2009, 10:16:33 PM »
Well, I looked for the address and everything online, and I couldn't find anything. I could do more research, or we need to get IMDb Pro subscription. But I'll be willing to call them.

EDIT: Hmm, I found a mail address, but this for questions and comments about privacy policy. Dang it, I think we need to get a subscription for IMDb Pro.

Do we have to pay for IMDB Pro?

This is what I found:

Ste 600
5700 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 207-3080

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Re: The Road: They are "each the other's world entire.
« Reply #59 on: March 15, 2009, 11:54:00 AM »
Well, I looked for the address and everything online, and I couldn't find anything. I could do more research, or we need to get IMDb Pro subscription. But I'll be willing to call them.

EDIT: Hmm, I found a mail address, but this for questions and comments about privacy policy. Dang it, I think we need to get a subscription for IMDb Pro.

Do we have to pay for IMDB Pro?

This is what I found:

Ste 600
5700 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 207-3080


Hmm, I wonder if that address would work. But yeah, I think you do have to pay for IMDb Pro.