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Inside move: Pic delay frees Gere for a year

National, Hyde bump 'Zehnder' due to Antarctic weather

The weather in Antarctica and the peccadilloes of penguins have put “Emperor Zehnder” on hold for a year.

National Geographic Feature Films and Hyde Park Entertainment have delayed the Richard Gere starrer, directed by Gregory Hoblit, over concerns they’ll miss the planned October start date. That time of year passes for spring at the South Pole and provides a relative break in the weather.

The complicated technical nature of the shoot — including the underwater footage of the birds — made shooting later in the year too risky.

The entire creative team remains in place for the pic, produced by Adam Schroeder, National Geographic’s Jake Eberts and Christine Whitaker and Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj.

Disney also remains in place as the distributor, having picked up North American, U.K., Australian and New Zealand rights in May. Disney had not set a release date for pic.

The delay does, however, mean Gere now has an open slot since “Zehnder” was supposed to be his next pic after Miramax’s English-language remake of the Japanese hit “Shall We Dance?”