Now showing, at last: Hollywood's 'new' releases this month are anything but

Cinema-goers who catch a glimpse of Youth In Revolt this week could be forgiven for thinking that its star, Michael Cera, looks distinctly more youthful than the man now promoting the film. They would be right. Youth In Revolt is one of many of 2010's "new" releases that is not quite as new as it sounds. When filming started on the quirky romantic comedy, Cera could still claim the title of teenager, but now he is approaching his 22nd birthday.

Thanks to the Hollywood writers' strike and some Oscar-grabbing schedule rearrangements by the studios, the first quarter of 2010 will be packed full of films that were shot more than two years ago. According to cinema experts, most of the films released early this year are at least a year older than usual.

"It's definitely not normal to hold films for that long, and I think that's a direct result of the writers' strike," said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations, an entertainment research company. "Instead of just releasing their films on a whim, studios have been holding on to them and spreading out their releases because they were scared they wouldn't have enough product."

At least 16 of the 28 films scheduled to be released in the first quarter of this year finished shooting in 2008 or earlier, figures from Exhibitor Relations show. In January and February, the crop will be particularly dominated by films shot in 2007 such as Daybreakers and The Lovely Bones, with around 70 per cent of releases shot at least two years ago.

Because January is renowned as the month to release films that are expected to do badly at the box office, some analysts believe this cluster of long-since finished movies is a sign of the dip in quality created by rushed productions ahead of the Hollywood writers' strike in 2007 and 2008.

Mark Cappuccio, writer for Screen Trade magazine, said: "January is traditionally a dumping ground for bad films because nobody goes to the cinema and it's a cheap time to release productions they can't get out.

"You can trace a lot of the problems with this January's films back to the script. A lot of films were rushed into production and finished quickly because of the writers' strike, and the quality threshold was much lower than normal. The studios have been sitting on them because they weren't good enough. Ninja Assassin is meant to be terrible and Shutter Island was apparently held back because it's rubbish."

NINJA ASSASSIN

With a title like Ninja Assassin nobody was expecting quality cinema, but delays in release have further stoked fears that this will be a gore-filled flop. Filming began in Germany in early 2008, but the movie won't reach UK cinemas until next week.

YOUTH IN REVOLT

Lead actor Michael Cera looks distinctly less youthful on the promotion circuit than he did during the filming of this quirky romantic comedy. By the time the film reaches UK cinemas next month he will be almost 22, and the film will have been sitting on the shelf for nearly two years.

DAYBREAKERS

This vampire thriller starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill has been languishing on the cutting room floor for nearly three years. Filming began in July 2007 but it will not hit cinema screens until next week.

THE LOVELY BONES

The cameras started rolling on the big-screen adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel in October 2007, but the wide release of Peter Jackson's film will not come until the end of this month. A limited US release in December ensured the film would qualify for a rather hopeful tilt at the Oscars.

SHUTTER ISLAND

This Scorsese horror starring Leonardo DiCaprio was supposed to be released last October but has now been pushed back to the middle of next month. The delay was rumoured to be as a result of DiCaprio's unavailability for promotion and a hope that interest in cinema releases will pick up after the recession.

GREEN ZONE

The Iraq War drama, starring Matt Damon and directed by Bourne creator Paul Greengrass, has taken almost as long as the war itself to finish. When filming began in January 2008, Bush was in power and the war was still on. By the time it appears in the UK in March, Blair may well have weaselled his way through the Chilcot inquiry and most of the troops will have left.

REPO MEN

Jude Law and Forest Whitaker star in this futuristic action thriller which began filming in autumn 2007. The film is not expected to open in the US until April this year. Fortunately...

THE WOLFMAN

The remake of the classic 1941 horror film was supposed to be a box office hit, but rumours that it is a pup have abounded since its release date has been repeatedly pushed back for re-edits. It is now scheduled to open at cinemas next month.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game

film
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Radio 4's Today programme host Evan Davis has been announced as the new face of Newsnight

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell Williams performing on the Main Stage at the Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park, north London

music
Arts and Entertainment
Carrie Mathison returns to the field in the fourth season of Showtime's Homeland

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Crowds soak up the atmosphere at Latitude Festival

music
Arts and Entertainment
Meyne Wyatt and Caren Pistorus arrive for the AACTA Aawrds in Sydney, Australia

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Rick Astley's original music video for 'Never Gonna Give You Up' has been removed from YouTube

music
Arts and Entertainment
Quentin Blake's 'Artists on the beach'

Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beach

art
Arts and Entertainment
MusicFans were left disappointed after technical issues
Arts and Entertainment
'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer, c. 1665
artWhat is it about the period that so enthrals novelists?
Arts and Entertainment
Into the woods: The Merry Wives of Windsor at Petersfield
theatreOpen-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Arts and Entertainment
James singer Tim Booth
latitude 2014
Arts and Entertainment
Lee says: 'I never, ever set out to offend, but it can be an accidental by-product'
comedy
Arts and Entertainment
tvThe judges were wowed by the actress' individual cooking style
Arts and Entertainment
Nicholas says that he still feels lucky to be able to do what he loves, but that there is much about being in a band he hates
musicThere is much about being in a band that he hates, but his debut album is suffused with regret
Arts and Entertainment
The singer, who herself is openly bisexual, praised the 19-year-old sportsman before launching into a tirade about the upcoming Winter Olympics

books
Arts and Entertainment
music
Arts and Entertainment
Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher in the eleventh season of Two and a Half Men

tv
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear

film
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

    Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

    A land of the outright bizarre
    What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

    What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

    ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
    Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

    The worst kept secret in cinema

    A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
    Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

    The new hatched, matched and dispatched

    Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
    Why do we have blood types?

    Are you my type?

    All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
    Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

    Honesty box hotels

    Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

    Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

    The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
    Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

    The 'scroungers’ fight back

    The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
    Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

    Fireballs in space

    Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
    A Bible for billionaires

    A Bible for billionaires

    Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
    Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

    Paranoid parenting is on the rise

    And our children are suffering because of it
    For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

    Magna Carta Island goes on sale

    Yours for a cool £4m
    Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

    The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

    Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
    We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

    We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

    Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
    The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

    The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

    For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn