Universal has moved its George Clooney romantic comedy "Leatherheads" from a prime pre-Oscars release spot to next spring.
According to media reports, "Leatherheads," which Clooney directed, co-wrote and stars in, will now open on April 4, 2008, rather than the originally intended premiere on Dec. 7 of this year.
Focusing on the early days of professional football, "Leatherheads" also stars John Krasinski and Renee Zellweger.
The problem, at least as reported in the industry trades, is that there just wasn't enough Clooney to go around this fall. The "Syriana" Oscar winner is out on the publicity trail for his new drama "Michael Clayton," even as he continues to work on the Coen Brothers' comedy "Burn After Reading."
An added complication came in the form of a Sept. 21 motorcycle accident that left Clooney with a broken rib.
"Leatherheads" is moving from one busy weekend to another, though the caliber of the competition may be just a bit different. While Dec. 7 had been staked out against "The Golden Compass" in wide release and the limited likes of "Atonement" and "Grace Is Gone," the April date is currently home to "Harold & Kumar 2," "Nim's Island" and "The Ruins."