Producer Harvey Weinstein of the Weinstein Company has pushed back national release of his long anticipated drama Tulip Fever, based on the popular novel by Deborah Moggach, to a February 2017 release. The film has already seen several release delays; it was filmed back in 2014 and has since made no debuts at any of the film festival circuits or limited releases here in the States or elsewhere. Now, however, Weinstein seems to have settled on a post-Valentine’s Day release, going up against God Particle from producer J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Sleepless with Jaimie Fox (Ray, Collateral) and Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone, True Detective). Starring Oscar winners Alicia Vikander (El Machina, The Danish Girl) and Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained), the film follows an artist who falls for a married woman he is hired to paint in portrait in the midst of the tulip frenzy of 17th century Amsterdam.
Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) directed the picture, which also features Dane DeHaan (Lawless, The Amazing Spider-Man), Jack O’Connell (United, Unbroken), Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns, Pan), Judi Dench (Spectre, Philomena) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, The Campaign) in the supporting cast. Speculation is high that Weinstein is delaying release because he fears the picture will be a box-office bust, but a trailer has been release nevertheless, and couples will have a period-picture romance to see come Valentine’s Day; plus with Christoph Waltz and Alicia Vikander, the performances will likely at least be worthy of seeing. Check back for more news.