Grindhouse UK release halted
The UK distributors for Grindhouse have put the release plans on hold to review both the date and the release plans, trying to make sure that there's not another failure of box office release as there was in the US.
Grindhouse was to be released in the UK as a complete entity, with both films back to back as in the States, then the rumour came that it was going to be split into two separate films, just like the rest of the world releases. That rumour was put down by various sites, but now it seems it might just be true after all.
According to the report Momentum Pictures, the UK distributor of the film, has announced the release is on hold:
"We are reviewing the release date and the release plans in the UK. It will definitely be released here but we don’t know in what form."
For some time now the release date has been the 1st of June in the UK, but not any more. It seems to be quite a depressing picture for Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and the backers of the film. With the incredibly poor US box office takings and now this news, it could well be possible that we are looking at that previously touted split in the films.
The article in the Times also backs up this previous rumour:
It has taken only $23 million in three weeks in American cinemas, with half of that over the Easter weekend, and the Weinstein brothers are considering whether to slice it into two separate films.
I'm positive we'll still see a release, it would be crazy not to at least try and recoup the money, but it might be a smaller release than expected and I could definitely see the film split in two, especially now the UK distributor is confirming the previous rumours.