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Universal delays Jim Sheridan’s ‘Dream House’

Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz-starrer was supposed to open Feb. 18

Universal won’t open Jim Sheridan’s thriller “Dream House,” toplining Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts, on Feb. 18 after all.

Morgan Creek Prods., which financed and produced the film, needs to shoot additional footage. Craig, however, isn’t available until the first two weeks of December, when there’s a break in filming on David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

That doesn’t leave enough time for “Dream House” to meet its Feb. 18 date. Morgan Creek and U are still eyeing a 2011 release, and a new date is being worked out.

Sheridan will lens the additional footage with the entire cast in Toronto, where “Dream House” was shot earlier this year.

Penned by David Loucka, “Dream House” tells the story of a successful New York publisher (Craig) who moves his wife (Weisz) and children to a New England town, where they buy the home of their dreams. But the dream is shattered when they learn that the previous tenants were murdered. The husband teams with a neighbor (Watts) to learn the truth about the crime.

Marton Csokas, Claire Geare and Taylor Geare also star.

“Dream House” will still be Craig’s next movie if it comes out before July 29, 2011, when DreamWorks and Universal release “Cowboys & Aliens.”

Craig began production on Sony’s English-language remake “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” earlier this month in Sweden.

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