Anyone who has been reading this site for a while knows that I am a big fan — though admittedly a recent convert — of Cormac McCarthy’s book “The Road.” And by transference, I’ve also been glued to the production of the feature film adaptation that director John Hillcoat has been working on since what seems like forever. In October of last year we found out that The Road – which stars Viggo Mortenson, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce — had been pushed back to an “early 2009″ release date. Then it was handily moved to the more ambiguous date of “sometime in 2009.” Either way, I’ve been whining about its absense in theaters for about 6 months.

Well, good news has finally arrived, at least as far as I can tell. According to the official website of The Weinstein Company, the film will make its theatrical debut on October 16, 2009. This falls in line, to a certain extent, with the studio’s previous plans for the film. Originally it was set to release in the fall of 2008, just in time for Oscar season. This move puts it potentially in line for the 2009 Oscar season, showing that the studio still has faith in the quality of the film. Or so it might seem. I agree that it is lame that we all have to wait to see it until October, but if this move works and the film is brilliant, it will be all worth it.

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