Soloist, Defiance Delayed Til 2009

Less than two months before their release, Paramount Pictures has delayed the releases of true-life drama “The Soloist” and the Daniel Craig-toplined Nazi-escape film “Defiance” until early next year says The Hollywood Reporter.

“Soloist”, the story of a columnist (Robert Downey Jr.) and his friendship with a homeless musical prodigy (Jamie Foxx) was to open next month but has been pushed back to a March 13th 2009 wide release date.

Despite not being screened as yet, its been considered as a possible awards-season candidate due to the Oscar-friendly storyline, the actors and the film’s director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride and Prejudice”).

This move effectively takes it out of Oscar consideration unless the film receives an Academy-qualifying run sometime before December 31st.

The delay for “Defiance” isn’t as bad with its December 12th limited release pushed back to December 31st. An expansion into wider release will happen on January 16th.