Is ‘The Road’ Being Pushed Back? Did the Fall Just Get a Little Less Depressing?

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The economy's falling apart, Madonna's getting a divorce, and all the new TV shows are terrible — can anything save this from being the most depressing fall ever? Maybe! Rumors are flying that the Weinstein Company could delay the release of the screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road — the movie so grim it had to be shot in Pittsburgh — from November 14 until next year.

Reasons are still unclear; some speculate that Harvey Weinstein, who also has The Reader to contend with, is hesitant to mount two simultaneous Oscar campaigns (ironic since he once seemed to think Scott Rudin could handle three), but maybe it's just not done yet. Or maybe Harvey is having second thoughts about dropping the world's bleakest-ever movie — about a father and son eluding baby-eating cannibals in a postapocalyptic wasteland — on already-shell-shocked moviegoers. (For the record, we're excited about The Road, but we'd rather see it after the stock market's rebounded and Madonna's found love again.)

Reasons are still unclear; some speculate that Harvey Weinstein, who also has The Reader to contend with, is hesitant to mount two simultaneous Oscar campaigns (ironic since he once seemed to think Scott Rudin could handle three), but maybe it's just not done yet. Or maybe Harvey is having second thoughts about dropping the world's bleakest-ever movie — about a father and son eluding baby-eating cannibals in a postapocalyptic wasteland — on already-shell-shocked moviegoers. (For the record, we're excited about The Road, but we'd rather see it after the stock market's rebounded and Madonna's found love again.)

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