Those of us eager to see a movie based on a Broadway musical based on a play based on a Fellini film will have to wait just a little longer, perhaps to give us time to figure all that out. Nine, originally set to open on Nov. 25, has been pushed back a month. It will now open on Dec. 18 in New York and L.A. and Christmas Day everywhere else.

The move -- which was first announced at Rope of Silicon -- is sadly lacking in controversy. The distributor is The Weinstein Company, and they already have another movie opening on Nov. 25, The Road. (The real question is why two Weinstein films were ever scheduled for the same day in the first place.) Thanksgiving weekend is terribly crowded anyway; Christmas will give Nine a little more breathing room. The real scandal would have been if they'd pushed it all the way back to 2010, but nope. Unless someone has some juicy info we haven't been able to get our hands on, this appears to be purely a marketing decision.

The film is directed by Chicago's Rob Marshall, returning to musicals after Memoirs of a Geisha. The Chicago connection isn't the only reason people are talking about Oscar potential, though -- have you seen the cast list? Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, and Sophia Loren -- all Oscar winners! And Kate Hudson, an Oscar nominee! Also, for some reason, Fergie!

Nine is based on a Tony-winning musical that opened on Broadway in 1982 and had a successful revival in 2003. The musical, co-written by Mario Fratti, was based on his own non-musical play, Six Passionate Women. That play, in turn, was based on Federico Fellini's autobiographical 1963 film 8 1/2. And the star of 8 1/2: Kevin Bacon. (Just kidding.)