Last year everyone was penciling in Shutter Island as one of the contenders for the expanded Best Picture slot. A safe bet, sight unseen, even as far back as May. It was pretty much a blank slate at that point with only Up and even Star Trek being considered amongst the already released. A funny thing happened though on the way towards October 2. Paramount yanked the film from its release schedule and pushed it into February of 2010. ""Our 2009 slate was greenlit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain flexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment." said Paramount chairman, Brad Grey.
Translation? Take your pick. The cynic sees a fancy statement that utilize the excuse flavor of the past year. Economy, economy, economy! Poor Paramount made the announcement after a year where they saw a share of the profits on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($397 million+ at the time), Star Trek ($256 million+), Monsters vs. Aliens ($198 million+) and G.I. Joe ($108 million+), not to mention early year hits Hotel For Dogs ($73 million+) and I Love You, Man ($71 million+).