Warner Bros. has announced plans to re-release their smash hit The Departed this Friday. Apparently sensing that the Jennifer Garner romantic comedy Catch and Release and the Liam Neeson western Seraphim Falls were easy prey, they've decided to drop the film, which originally opened last October, onto 1,300 screens nationwide. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, Warner's domestic distribution chief. The film has earned upwards of $121 million in its initial domestic run, far more than anyone ever anticipated for a Martin Scorsese picture. Critical accolades have also rolled in, with the film taking in five Oscar nominations this week, including one for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor, for Mark Wahlberg.
The only major snub for the film was the absence of a much-expected Best Actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio. Instead, Blood Diamond was chosen as DiCaprio's nomination-worthy performance this year. Fellman released a congratulatory statement this morning in concert with the re-distribution announcement. "We congratulate Martin Scorsese, as well as the producers, cast, and everyone who worked on The Departed, for all the honors the film has already received. With awards season rekindling interest in the film, we thought it was the perfect time to put The Departed back in theaters."