Miramax moves Scorsese-helmed pic to earlier release

NEW YORK — “Gangs of New York” is on the move … again.

Days after lining up an international release sked (Daily Variety, Oct. 11), the Miramax pic is destined for a new domestic date.

“Gangs” had been skedded to bow on Wednesday, Dec. 25. Now, Miramax says it will release the pic on an earlier Friday — Dec. 6, Dec. 13 or Dec. 20 — but a firm date has yet to be reached.

Earlier in the week, Initial Entertainment Group, which pre-sold and controls “Gangs” overseas, confirmed that the Martin Scorsese-helmed pic will open in Japan on Dec. 21.

“We’re always looking to do what’s best for the film,” said Matthew Hiltzik, Miramax’s veep of corporate communications. ” ‘Gangs’ is a competitive movie with top actors, a legendary director and great music that will have broad appeal. There’s plenty of opportunity for this and other quality projects to succeed.”The move comes following talks between Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg. Though normally rivals come Oscar time, Miramax and DreamWorks appear to be working in tandem to try to coordinate two big films that both star Leonardo DiCaprio. DreamWorks’ “Catch Me If You Can” is opening on Dec. 25.

For his part, Scorsese is still well ensconced in the editing process; he didn’t show up to accept his Lifetime Achievement honor at this week’s star-studded Hollywood Film Festival. (DiCaprio accepted on Scorsese’s behalf.)

The duo plan to travel to Tokyo in mid-November to help launch the Japan release of “Gangs.”

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