Just over a week ago, we reported that Sony's All the King's Men was taking longer than expected to finish post-production, and thus would have its release delayed a full year, until the end of 2006. A commenter on that post thought that the "long post-production" excuse was shaky at best, and suggested that Sony was just worried about the film's quality.

Turns out that he wasn't alone in doubting Sony - in Friday's Guardian, John Patterson examines the possible reasons for the delay and he, too, feels that "the movie just sucks" is the most likely culprit. After establishing that, though, Patterson goes on to consider possible other reasons, among them the fact that All the King's Men was the last movie shot in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina changed the city forever - perhaps the studio simply feels it too soon to release it (unlikely, Patterson thinks - like execs are that sensitive).

The possibility in which the writer is most interested, however, revolves around the film's highly-charged political nature. Did the mostly-liberal backers of this mostly-liberal film feel that releasing it during this time of trouble for the Bush White House could cause them problems with, say, the Republican-controlled FCC? Patterson himself says, "It's only a theory, and possibly a paranoid fantasy," but adds that "in these bleak times [he's] ready to believe almost anything." Man, what a disturbing thought. Here's hoping the movie just sucks.

[via Movie City Indie]
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