LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Soloist" has been pulled as the opening-night film at AFI Fest in Los Angeles next week following Paramount's decision to postpone the release of the Jamie Foxx-Robert Downey, Jr. film until 2009.
The film's world premiere had been scheduled for October 30 at Hollywood's Cinerama Dome, and its theatrical release for December 12. The one-time Oscar hopeful will now come out on March 31 because of cost-cutting moves by Paramount.
"While we are greatly disappointed that AFI Fest will not have the opportunity to offer the world premiere of 'The Soloist,' AFI's priority is to honor the artists," AFI Fest artistic director Rose Kuo. "We wish to be supportive in any endeavor that will help a film of this quality reach a greater audience."