4.jpgHas Bob Sabiston been disassociated from Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly? Sabiston invented the rotoscopic animation process that drives both Darkly and Linklater's earlier film, Waking Life; now, the rumor mill contends that Sabiston is, according to a blurb in the Austin Chronicle, "no longer involved with Scanner." This speculation comes amidst an announcement from Warner Independent that they've pushed back the film's release from September 2005 to March 2006 due to animation-related delays. The Chronicle could not get Warners to comment, and Sabiston says he *can't* comment, which is never a sign of good things.

What is going on here? Is this all personal/political, or is the film really that far away from being finished? By putting it out in Spring instead of fall, Warners has virtually guaranteed that A Scanner Darkly will be over-shadowed. come Best Animation Oscar nominating-time, by Pixar-style summer releases. I'm trying to check Wiley Wiggins' blog to see if he's heard anything, but Blogger seems to be down for some reason. More later.
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