'Valkyrie' release pushed back by Pamela McClintock of Variety:
United Artists and MGM have pushed back the release of Bryan Singer's Tom Cruise starrer "Valkyrie" from the July 4th holiday frame to Oct. 3, 2008.
Singer has yet to shoot a pivotal battle scene that explains how Cruise's character, a Nazi officer who is part of a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, lost his eye and hand while fighting in Africa.
Battle scene was originally set to be shot outside the U.S., but those plan were scuttled. UA is in the process of nailing down a new location...
Valkyrie's delay on the heels of the poor box office of the recent Lions for Lambs doesn't bode well for the new UA. As to the reason for the delay...It's amazing that a "pivotal scene" such as the one described didn't have all of its kinks worked out beforehand. I realize that things come up...But C'mon...Singer and co. couldn't see the trouble while in production and go to plan B?