This past week or so has seen two movies hit with massive delays and reshoots, leading to speculation that they're in trouble. World War Z, the zombie movie based on Max Brooks' novel, is going back for seven weeks of reshoots, and the script is being massively rewritten by Prometheus/Lost writer Damon Lindelof. Meanwhile, G.I. Joe: Retaliation was due to come out later this month, but it's been delayed until 2013 — and rumor has it, this is because audiences in test screenings hated the film as-is.
Is the practice of massively delaying a film's release date becoming more common? And should you always take it as evidence that a film is in trouble? Here's a quick roundup of some films that have faced major delays, to help you decide.
It does seem as though major delays are becoming a more common feature of Hollywood movies — which is at least partly a function of studios giving directors much, much shorter timeframes to turn movies around in. As more blockbusters are released each summer (and the total number of big-budget movies goes up every year) picking the right release date for a film is going to become more and more of a crapshoot, based on optimistic production schedules and people's guesstimates of the best date to make an impact. That said, here are some new recent cases where films were delayed from their originally announced release dates: