The Bryan Singer-directed Tom Cruise vehicle "Valkyrie" has had its release date pushed back for the second time.
According to the industry trades, the WWII drama, which focuses on an attempt to assassinate Adolph Hitler, will now open on Feb. 13, 2009. The United Artists and MGM release had already had its launched pushed from June 27 to Oct. 3.
At the time of the first shift, which moved "Valkyrie" from a summer berth to the pre-Oscar Season fall, reports were that UA wanted to give Singer enough time to finish the film. There have been reports that "Valkyrie" still requires additional shooting (not to be confused with "reshoots"), though that lensing -- said to be three scenes -- would take place next month.
The October opening left open awards possibilities for the drama, which co-stars Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Terence Stamp. That will no longer be the case, at least not for this year.
Instead, "Valkyrie" will attempt to take adventage of the box office possibilities of President's Day Weekend, an increasingly profitable frame for studios, though usually for lighter and more frivolous offerings than a Nazi thriller. This past year's President's Day smash was "Jumper."
Currently slated for release in the same weekend next year are Disney's "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and New Line's remake of "Friday the 13th." The opening for "Valkyrie" came up when "Pink Panther 2" was bumped up to Feb. 6 and "Wolfman" was moved back to April 3.