Image Credit: Glenn WatsonI Love You, Phillip Morris is making a convincing case for itself as one of the most cursed movies of all time. Originally screened at Sundance in January 2009, the indie comedy starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor was scheduled to be released this year in February… then in March, then April 30, then July 30, and now it won’t even make that summer release date due to a court injunction. In April, the French movie studio EuropaCorp, which produced the film, sued indie distributor Consolidated Pictures Group. EuropaCorp claimed that Consolidated had failed to pay a $3 million advance for the movie’s U.S. distribution rights. And now, according to Reuters, a California judge has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the movie’s release until the dispute is settled in arbitration. Consolidated is reportedly targeting October as a new potential release date.
In the movie, directed by Bad Santa co-writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Carrey plays the real-life con man Steven Jay Russell, a married man who falls in love with his prison cellmate, Phillip Morris (McGregor). The film has already grossed $14.2 million overseas, where it’s been released throughout Europe and in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Taiwan, and Thailand. And yet, fate continues to intervene and prevent American audiences from seeing Phillip Morris, which Carrey has stated was one of only three scripts he knew he wanted to do immediately. (The other two were The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
PopWatchers, do you think we’ll ever watch I Love You, Phillip Morris in that building known as a movie theater? Were it not for its gay content, do you think a film with such marquee stars would be having so much trouble being released? And does its repeated postponements make you any more or less curious to see what’s being kept hidden behind the curtain?