The Adjustment Bureau

March 4th 2011
  • Sci-Fi/Thriller,
  • PG-13,
  • 105 min,
  • Universal Pictures
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, Daniel Dae Kim, Terence Stamp, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly, Liam Ferguson, Anthony Ruivivar, David Alan Basche, Purva Bedi, Shane McRae, Meghan Andrews, Lauren Hodges, Laura Kenley, Sandi Carroll, Gregory Lay, Chris Kerson, Sarah Bradford, Julie Hays, Christine Lucas, Kate Nowlin, Jeff Joslin, Jim Buckley, Brit Whittle
  • Director: George Nolfi
  • Writers: Philip K. Dick, George Nolfi
  • Producers: Bill Carraro, Michael Hackett, Chris Moore, George Nolfi
  • Co Producers: Michael Bederman, Joel Viertel
  • Executive Producer: Isa Dick Hackett
  • Art Direction: Steve Carter
  • Casting: Cathy Sandrich
  • Costume Design: Kasia Walicka-Maimone
  • D.O.P.: John Toll
  • Editor: Jay Rabinowitz
  • Makeup: Evelyne Noraz
  • Music: Thomas Newman
  • Production Design: Kevin Thompson


In "The Adjustment Bureau," Matt Damon will play David Norris, a charismatic congressman who seems destined for national political stardom. He meets a beautiful ballet dancer named Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), only to find strange circumstances keeping their sparks from catching fire. Norris discovers forces are at work to keep them apart, and he peels the layers to find out why.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image
  • Production Budget: $65 million
  • Production Companies: Electric Shepherd Productions, Media Rights Capital, Universal Pictures
  • Production Schedule: October 2009 - January 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Shot late 2009 on location all around Manhattan, Damon and Blunt seem like a good idea for an onscreen pairing and the central premise of the original story is interesting if not entirely original. The only concern at the time was writer/director Nolfi who, though having served as co-writer "The Bourne Ultimatum", was responsible for the scripts of the famously awful film adaptation of Michael Crichton's "Timeline" and the utterly forgettable Michael Douglas secret service thriller "The Sentinel".

Then around the early Summer things started to go awry. A trailer launch around Memorial Day wasn't that well received, the idea that fate exists and is being controlled by a bunch of guys in suits is fine on paper but comes off as somewhat cheesy and self-defeating on screen. A late July release was pushed back into September and then pushed back again to a March 4th 2011 date - a full eight months from its originally planned release.

With at least two sets of reshoots (late February, mid June), Universal is obviously hedging its bets and tweaking this like crazy. You can't help but get the feeling that the project might have been too ambitious for first-time director Nolfi and it got away from him, leaving the studio to clean up the mess. A PKD story is usually a good start but the quality can vary from solid sci-fi features like "Blade Runner," "Total Recall" and "Minority Report" to disappointments like "Paycheck," "Next" and "Impostor". Hopefully this will fall along the lines of the former, a Damon-led project rarely stinks, but the delay means the onus is now on the studio to justify the film's worth."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 3 March 2011: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand
  • 4 March 2011: Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Ireland, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Turkey, UK
  • 10 March 2011: Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia
  • 11 March 2011: Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
  • 16 March 2011: Egypt
  • 17 March 2011: Hong Kong
  • 18 March 2011: Lithuania
  • 23 March 2011: Belgium, France
  • 24 March 2011: Netherlands
  • 31 March 2011: Hungary
  • 1 April 2011: Mexico
  • 8 April 2011: Colombia
  • 14 April 2011: Israel
  • 13 May 2011: Brazil
  • 26 May 2011: Peru
  • 27 May 2011: Japan, Panama
  • 16 June 2011: Argentina, Chile
  • 17 June 2011: Italy, Venezuela
  • 24 June 2011: Paraguay