Jim Sheridan’s Thriller DREAM HOUSE Delayed Due to David Fincher’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

     October 22, 2010

Jim Sheridan’s (My Left Foot, Brothers) thriller Dream House (which stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts) was scheduled to open on February 18, 2011.  However, due to Universal and Sheridan wanting to do some reshoots, the film has been delayed until later in 2011.  While everyone would love to film the reshoots immediately and make their release date, Craig is busy shooting David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and won’t have a break in filming until the first two weeks of December.  With such a short time between the reshoots and the release date, the studio has decided to postpone the film until later in the year.  According to Variety, “Sheridan will lens the additional footage with the entire cast in Toronto, where Dream House was shot earlier this year.”

The one thing the studio and the filmmakers have going for them is they have yet to release a trailer or publicize the film.  Most moviegoers don’t have Dream House on their radar yet, so if the release date gets pushed until even the end of the year, they’ll never know the difference.  Hit the jump for the synopsis and more info:

Here’s the synopsis:

Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts star in Dream House, a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed…only to find themselves the killer’s next target.

Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived.

When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Watts), a neighbor who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will’s dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next.

Another thing to think about is Cowboys & Aliens.  Universal is also releasing Cowboys (next summer) and the studio might choose to release Dream House after Cowboys so they don’t release two Craig films so close together.

But I would imagine they’ll decide a release date once they’ve seen the new footage and test screened the movie.  If the scores are high, they could move it to the beginning of the summer.  If the scores are so/so…perhaps next fall.

More as we hear it.

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