The Weinstein Company has set a limited July 15 release date in the U.S. for its period drama “Tulip Fever,” starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz and Judi Dench.
It’s TWC’s third release slated for summer, along with Michael Keaton’s “The Founder” on Aug. 5 and Robert De Niro’s “Hands of Stone” on Aug. 26.
“Tulip Fever” is directed by Justin Chadwick from a script by Tom Stoppard, based on Deborah Moggach’s novel of the same name. Producers are Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein.
Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander and Cara Delevingne also star in the drama.
The story is set in 17th century Amsterdam, with Vikander playing a married woman who begins a passionate affair with an artist (DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together. Waltz plays Vikander’s husband who commissions the painting.
The project was originally planned for a 2004 shoot with Jude Law and Keira Knightley as the leads and John Madden directing, but the production was halted after government incentives were cut in the U.K.
Filming took place in the U.K. during the summer of 2014. Vikander won the best supporting actress Oscar for “The Danish Girl” in February.
The timing of the project’s third move — along with a seven-week postponement of 'Leap!' earlier this month — couldn't come at a worse moment as the company also faces a $15 million lawsuit for releasing 'The Founder' and 'Gold' within a weekend of each other. No one shuffles movies around quite like Harvey Weinstein. On Feb. 13, The Weinstein Co. pushed back the release of the Alicia Vikander starrer Tulip Fever for a third time. The move was made just days before the drama was scheduled to open Feb. 24, a shift that once would have raised eyebrows but has become routine. Shot nearly three years ago, Tulip Fever already was moved from a July 15, 2016, slot. At the time, TWC cited Vikander's and Waltz's busy promotion schedules for other movies as a reason for the change. Then, Weinstein COO David Glasser said, "It made the most sense to open when they'll have more time."
TWC hasn't rescheduled Tulip Fever. And Weinstein execs offered THR no explanation for the last-minute maneuvers. Earlier in February, TWC pushed its film Leap! back by seven weeks, from March 3 to April 21. The timing of the moves couldn't come at a worse moment given TWC is facing a $15 million lawsuit for releasing The Founder (Jan. 20) and Gold (Jan. 27) within a weekend of each another (The Founder had moved multiple times previously, from Nov. 25, 2016, to Aug. 5, 2016, and then to Jan. 20, 2017, while Gold shifted from Christmas Day 2016 to Jan. 27). In a Feb. 6 complaint, FilmNation subsidiary Speedie Distribution claimed TWC agreed to not release any other film within a week of The Founder to not crowd the box office.
While Tulip Fever remains in limbo, at least one long-shelved TWC project finally landed a spot on the calendar. The Elle Fanning-led transgender drama Three Generations (formerly known as About Ray), which premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, now is set to open May 19. TWC pulled the Gaby Dellal-helmed movie, which also stars Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon, just three days ahead of its release on Sept. 18, 2015."It will finally be released — knock on wood," says Three Generations producer Marc Turtletaub. Still, none of those films' time on the shelf rivals that of Shanghai, which was shot in 2008 but wasn't released domestically by TWC until 2015. Weinstein blamed that seven-year wait on the Chinese government, which balked at the film's positive portrayal of a Japanese character (played by Ken Watanabe). Weinstein told THR in 2015 that Chinese officials informed him: " 'I'm sorry, we're canceling your right to film the movie.' In those days, there was a much more heightened Japanese-Chinese antipathy."
This story first appeared in the Feb. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Weinstein Co. Replanting ‘Tulip Fever’ In The Summer
The 17th century period romance starring Oscar winners Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, and Judi Dench will now spring up in the late summer on August 25.
Initially, the movie directed by Justin Chadwick was scheduled for July 15, then Weinstein Co. announced back in July 6 last year that Tulip Fever would sprout this Friday.
Tulip Fever is based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach, and adapted by Tom Stoppard. Pic centers around a married woman (Vikander) in Amsterdam who begins a passionate affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) who is hired to paint her portrait. The lovers plot to run away together, and do so by banking on the tulip bulb market. Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander and Cara Delevingne co-star. Tulip Fever is produced by Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein. TWC is planning a moderate release for the film.