Then again, there might be a flutter of life. According to the New York Times, the Weinstein Co. have brought original director Kyle Newman back to create a final cut of the film. "I have been brought back into the editing room to work on a final version," Newman told the Times. "All the key people are back. That's all good."
Of course, there is still no news on a release date, nor whether it will ever be put into theatres or merely relegated to direct-to-DVD. (We also don't know which storyline will be kept in; the cancer one, or the non-cancer one.) It's rather interesting that the Weinstein Co. conceded to the fan backlash -- the backlash they said didn't really exist. If they can appease those petition signers and protest stagers, could they actually turn a profit on this film?
Or at this point, will anyone even care? I know the moment the movie resurfaces, I groan and roll my eyes, though I feel kind of bad in doing so. A gang of up-and-comers worked very hard on this little film, and I feel guilty for being mildly annoyed at it. Let's face it, if advertised as heavily as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, plenty of moviegoers will flock to it. They will only distantly remember news of a protest. It's only we Internet geeks who are battered to death with it -- and our hard-bitten curiosity will probably see us buying a ticket alongside them.