Penelope Cruz in NineThe Weinstein Co. has moved the release date of Rob Marshall's much-anticipated musical 'Nine,' based on Federico Fellini's '8 1/2,' from Nov. 25 to a limited bow Dec. 18 in New York and Los Angeles before a wide opening on Dec. 25.

The move was made, according to Variety, to take 'Nine' out of direct competition with another Weinstein film, the post-apocalyptic drama 'The Road,' which TWC has now scheduled for Nov. 25. The company said 'Nine's' date change was not made due to production delays. Penelope Cruz in NineThe Weinstein Co. has moved the release date of Rob Marshall's much-anticipated musical 'Nine,' based on Federico Fellini's '8 1/2,' from Nov. 25 to a limited bow Dec. 18 in New York and Los Angeles before a wide opening on Dec. 25.

The move was made, according to Variety, to take 'Nine' out of direct competition with another Weinstein film, the post-apocalyptic drama 'The Road,' which TWC has now scheduled for Nov. 25. The company said 'Nine's' date change was not made due to production delays.

'Nine' stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz, and follows a director confronting a midlife crisis while juggling the various women in his life. The film will now open against James Cameron's 'Avatar,' 'Did You Hear About the Morgans?' with Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, and Emily Blunt star-turner 'The Young Victoria.'

When 'Nine' opens wide, it will go up against Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes,' with Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams and Jude Law, the Meryl Streep-Steve Martin-Alec Baldwin romantic comedy 'It's Complicated' and family friendly 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel.'

The Weinstein Co. hasn't had much luck with theatrical releases as of late, and had to go through a financial restructuring earlier this year. Their biggest hit in 2009 has been 'Inglourious Basterds,' and the company is counting on 'The Road' to fill the holes in its coffers. 'Nine,' which is seen as an art-house film, will act as counter-programming to the holiday fare of comedies and actioners. Marshall has a strong following thanks to 'Memoirs of a Geisha' and the smash hit 'Chicago,' and though 'Nine' might not be a gatecrasher, it should do respectable business for the troubled mini-major.

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'The Road' trailer
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