Oh, for fuck’s sake. I Love You Phillip Morris has been shelved once again. The gay romantic comedy starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor opened to positive review at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. It was originally slated to hit theaters on March 26th, then it was bumped to April 30th, and then it got kicked off the schedule altogether. Thankfully, the film was then restored to the release calendar and set for July 30th.
Now, Reuters reports that California District Court Judge Dale Fischer has halted the release of the film due to a dispute between producer EuropaCorp and U.S. distributor Consolidated Pictures Group. As a result, the film won’t make its July 30th date, its website has disappeared, and Consolidated has targeted October for the film’s release. Of course, this assumes that the dispute will move to Independent Film and Television Alliance arbitration “hopefully within the next two months.”
Hit the jump to see the trailer and understand why I’m so pissed off right now.
Here’s the official synopsis:
With alacrity and style, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the codirectors of I Love You Phillip Morris, have fashioned an improbable, but true, tale of a spectacularly charismatic and resourceful con-man’s journey from small-town cop to flamboyant white-collar criminal. Concocted by the absurdist sensibilities and warped minds that were behind the creation of Bad Santa and centered around an eccentrically wonderful performance by Jim Carrey, the film relates a story that is truly stranger than fiction and showcases a love story that will not be denied. When a local Texas policeman, Steve Russell (Carrey), turns to cons and fraud to allow him to change his lifestyle (in more ways than one), his subsequent stay in the state penitentiary results in his meeting the love of his life, a sensitive fellow inmate named Phillip Morris, perfectly portrayed by Ewan McGregor. What ensues can only be described as a relentless quest as Russell attempts escape after escape and executes con after con, all in the name of love. This is the world of the preposterous: it plays like a farce but is vastly entertaining because it turns all that we take for granted about life on its head. As a primer on the irresistible power of a man who is either insane or in love (is there a difference?), I Love You Phillip Morris surely serves to remind us of the resilience of the human spirit.