Monuments Men Delayed Until February

George Clooney’s WW2 caper drama “The Monuments Men” is bowing out of this year’s award race. Sony Pictures has confirmed that the film is being pushed and will now open in the first quarter of 2014. No specific new date is yet locked.

Even before production began, the film was looking unlikely to be ready in time for its scheduled December 18th opening. However, it wasn’t until when Clooney (who directs and stars in the film) went to London recently to work on the score with composer Alexandre Desplat that he realised that they weren’t going to make it.

Clooney tells The Los Angeles Times that there just wasn’t enough time to finish the visual effects and post-production work to meet the December release date.

“If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. We simply don’t have enough people to work enough hours to finish it. All we’ve ever said, from the very beginning, is that we wanted to make a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment.”

Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett also star in the film which follows a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art that were stolen by Nazis before they are destroyed.