Schnabel’s “Miral” Pushed Back To 2011

“Miral”, the new film from “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” director Julian Schnabel, has been pushed back from December 3rd to some time in March next year by its U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company reports The Playlist.

Adapted from Rula Jebreal’s novel, the drama revolves around a real orphanage in Jerusalem set up by a Palestinian woman (Hiam Abbass). Freida Pinto, Willem Dafoe, Yasmine Elmasri, Alexander Siddig and Vanessa Redgrave also star.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year and received generally negative reviews. As a result, Schnabel has reportedly done some major editing to the picture.

Part of the reason is that The Weinstein Company can only afford to back one contender for this year’s Oscar race and its “The King’s Speech” already has that title after rave reviews and numerous festival awards already.