George Clooney: 'Monuments Men' Film Delayed to 2014 Instead of December

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Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 02:26 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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George Clooney announced this week that "The Monuments Men," the upcoming drama that the actor both starred in and directed, won't hit the box office in December as scheduled.

Sony Pictures will now release the film in early 2014, as opposed to the original Dec. 18 opening, because the $65 million project's visual effects are not yet complete, Clooney told the Los Angeles Times via a phone interview Tuesday.

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"We just didn't have enough time," the actor, who last directed 2011's "The Ides of March," said. "If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. We simply don't have enough people to work enough hours to finish it.

"I wouldn't want to have my name on it. You don't want it to look like a film that was all done in the computer."

"The Monuments Men" tells the tale of "the greatest treasure hunt in history," in which a band of art historians, professors, and museum curators race to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi looters.

The film features an ensemble cast made up of Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett.

In a way, Clooney told the Times, bumping the premiere date will help the film make more of an impact than if it had been pitted against the other big holiday films. However, a 2014 premiere makes "The Monuments Men" ineligible for the upcoming Academy Awards.

But that shouldn't bother Clooney, as his film "Gravity" is doing gangbusters at the box office.

Also starring Sandra Bullock, "Gravity" is the 3D space action thriller about two surviving astronauts attempting to get back to Earth after their space shuttle mission is aborted.

The film took the No. 1 box office spot for the third weekend in a row this week, raking in $31 million for a total of $170.6 million in 17 days, Entertainment Weekly reported.

The movie is already the 10th highest-grossing film of the year in the U.S.

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