Looks like the troubled Jodie Foster-directed production 'The Beaver' will finally hit the big screen.

Summit Entertainment has scheduled a Spring 2011 release date for the film that stars Mel Gibson as a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. According to the official synopsis, Walter Black (Gibson) was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can't seem to get himself back on track ... until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.

Above is one of the first stills from the film; the first trailer will premiere Friday evening on Entertainment Tonight, followed by iTunes Trailers.
The film's troubles began long before Gibson's latest round of shenanigans got him in dutch with the authorities. There have been rumors of tension on the set during filming and the project went through several directors and actors before Foster and Gibson came on board. Gibson's troubles -- including vicious rants against an ex-girlfriend and a nasty custody battle -- though coming after the film was in the can, certainly didn't help the movie's prospects. (Fallout from Gibson's latest nastiness made Todd Phillips drop him from a cameo in 'Hangover 2').

We guess Summit figured that a Spring release date would give audiences enough time to forget about the actor's bad publicity. Indeed, audiences' have very short memories when it comes to bad actions by bad boys -- after all, TV viewers still keep Charlie Sheen and 'Two and a Half Men' in the money.

As they say, only time will tell.

'The Beaver' co-stars Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence and Cherry Jones.

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The Beaver
PG-13 2011
Based on 40 critics

A depressed father (Mel Gibson) speaks through a beaver puppet to try to get his life back on track. Read More

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