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After nearly a full month of speculation, there is finally some good news and bad news in the developing story surrounding the release of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. For weeks we have been hearing rumors that the movie wouldn't be finished on time to be released in 2013, but the good news is that the film is officially staying in this year's Oscar race. The bad news is that we will have to wait a little more than a month of extra time before we get to see the finished product. While The Wolf of Wall Street was originally going to hit theaters on November 15th, The Wrap is reporting that Paramount Pictures has shifted the film to Christmas Day.
While Scorsese fans started panicking about the movie when they noticed that it wasn't being listed for any of the fall's big film festivals, rumors of a more serious delay for the project began in late September when it was reported that a cut version of the film was over three hours long and was looking at a potential NC-17 rating. At the time it was feared that the movie wasn't releasable, and while the director and editor Thelma Schoonmaker were hard at work cutting the movie down, it wasn't clear if they would be able to finish in time for the release date deadline. Presumably they've spent the last month working with the studio to figure out a plan and eventually came to the agreement that a finished, releasable version of the movie would be ready to come out right before the New Year.
All that said, am I the only one out there who hopes that the first cut will be featured on the Blu-ray?
Based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort and adapted by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos), The Wolf of Wall Street tells the epic true tale of Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he made millions upon millions working as a stockbroker in New York during the 90s. Unfortunately, this all comes crashing down to the ground when the federal government begins making inquiries about crime and corruption. While Scorsese has always had a knack for attracting amazing ensemble casts, the one in his latest film may be his best, the movie also starring Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal, Margot Robbie, Spike Jonze, Jean Dujardin, Ethan Suplee, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner and more. Now that it has a more secured release date hopefully we'll get to see a brand new trailer soon. In the meantime, watch this previously released one, which remains one of my favorite trailers of the year.