'Anonymous' -- the movie that posits someone other than William Shakespeare wrote the great bard's plays -- was set to open nationwide on Oct. 28 on thousands of screens. Now, Sony Pictures has decided to release the film on only 250 screens. The studio changed its plans after pre-release surveys indicated that the drama wasn't tracking well, according to the L.A. Times. The Roland Emmerich-directed film will now open wider in November, after -- the studio hopes -- positive reviews from audiences and critics.
"We love the picture and think it's going to get great word of mouth," said Rory Bruer, Sony's distribution president. "We're committed to expanding it until it plays wide."
This is the first "indie" movie and first period drama from director Roland Emmerich, who's better known for epic-scale disaster movies '2012' and 'The Day After Tomorrow.'
'Anonymous' stars Rhys Ifans as the Earl of Oxford (the alleged real author of Shakespeare's works) and Rafe Spall (son of 'Harry Potter' actor Timothy Spall) as Shakespeare. Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson and David Thewlis co-star.
[Photo: Sony Pictures]
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