Quentin Tarantino’s The Movie Critic delayed

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According to reports, the strikes have wreaked havoc with Quentin Tarantino’s The Movie Critic, pushing it back by up to six months.

In one story this morning, Will Smith has been out and about, confirming that post-strikes, I Am Legend 2 is still in good shape and crucially, has held onto the film’s second lead, Michael B Jordan.

Unfortunately, it looks like the same can’t be said for Quentin Tarantino’s The Movie Critic, the director’s planned final feature film before he becomes ‘a man of letters’ and a whole host of other roles that don”t start with ‘film’ and end with ‘director’.

World of Reel is reporting that this year’s strikes have thrown the film’s production plan into disarray, given that back in early summer, everything was said to be moving into place for a September shoot. Then the actors’ strike happened, that scheduled date was missed and now the outlet is citing several sources who have claimed that the project’s momentum has been ‘completely derailed’.

While the film’s lead is said to still be in place, several other actors who were playing supporting roles have had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Our last story on the casting is here.

This is a Quentin Tarantino film of course, so the term ‘supporting roles’ could very well mean some high-profile talent. As it stands there’s no production date set, with a vague window of early to mid-2024 being the aim, but this could yet slip to summer or even later in the year. It all suggests that we won’t be seeing the film until 2025 now.

Tarantino has previously described the film’s title character as “Travis Bickle if he were a film critic” and we know that the film is set in 1977. That apart, we don’t know too much, but if this report is accurate, the project is one of the inevitable victims of the strikes.

We’ll bring you updates on The Movie Critic as we hear them.

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