Nine Delayed Several Weeks

The Weinstein Company has pushed back the release date of the Rob Marshall musical “Nine” several weeks, moving the film into prime Oscar consideration reports the trades.

Originally slated for a November 25th platform release, the film will now open in New York and Los Angeles on December 18th followed by a wide release on Christmas Day.

The move also takes the film out of direct competition with Weinstein Co.’s post-apocalyptic drama “The Road” which opens November 25th.

Based on Federico Fellini’s “8 1/2,” “Nine” stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz and follows a director confronting a midlife crisis while juggling the various women in his life.

In its new dates, the film will serve as counterprogramming against James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” which are expected to dominate the December frame.