There are plenty of Sundance titles that slip through the distribution cracks in spite of having name stars and some controversy working in their favor, and the latest victim would appear to be the Jim Carrey / Ewan McGregor prison romance romp (yes, really), I Love You, Phillip Morris.

For those unfamiliar with the plot or the true story that inspired it, Carrey plays a con man who falls for his cellmate (McGregor) and sets forth with countless escape attempts once his lover gets released.

After playing Sundance and Cannes in 2009, the film was picked up by a start-up, Consolidated Pictures Group, and was scheduled to open on February 12th of this year... and then March 26th... and then April 30th. Now, according to the L.A. Times blog, Morris has been shelved indefinitely, probably until some other distributor takes it off their hands and drops it on DVD months from now.

I can see why it'd be a tough picture to market. Nothing about it is mainstream beyond its star power, but it is a silly and strangely sweet film that came -this- close and seems all the more unlucky because it was going to have a shot in theaters. But who knows? It might make a break out of distribution limbo yet. Here's hoping.

(Hat tip to The Playlist for catching this.)