Case 39 dropped by studio?
Christian Alvart is responsible for the film Antikörper (Antibodies) (Filmstalker review) which I thought was a superb horror and thriller. Obviously others did too because he leapt over to Paramount to make Case 39 with Renée Zellweger, Ian McShane, Adrian Lester and Bradley Cooper.
In December we heard that the film was being delayed, nothing exciting there, and not worthy of news really, scheduling changes happen all the time. However news today reveals something a little more, Paramount have dropped it from their 2009 schedule.
This is bad news indeed. Although I'm not a fan of Renée Zellweger, the cast line-up looked rather interesting and with Christian Alvart directing this rather interesting sounding story from Ray Wright, screenwriter of the Pulse and The Crazies remakes, you had to think there was something a little above the norm to be seen here.
Paramount don't seem to think so according to JoBlo. They reveal that the film has been pulled and there's no word of it ever rejoining the ranks of releases.
If you haven't seen Antikörper (Antibodies) (Filmstalker review) then I suggest you do, and when you do you'll realise just why I'm so interested in what Alvart has to offer us, and why I'm so confused we're not seeing this film released.
Of course there is something else to consider. This is his first film within the confines of the big Hollywood studio system, something that might have had a hand in why the film isn't getting released.
There's also the thought that maybe it's just been pulled from the intended date and it will be rescheduled, there might not be anything sinister here at all...and yet I'm not really sold on that one at all.
Case 39 was to tell the story of a social worker who manages to save a ten year old child from her abusive parents, but in doing so she finds out that the girl is not as innocent as she seems. What draws me to that story are the similar themes and connections with Antikörper (Antibodies) and the connections of innocence and evil.
Personally I think this is a huge shame, and I do hope that it's a delay over anything else.