Oscar-winning actor/filmmaker George Clooney says that his World War II movie "The Monuments Men" is delayed because he needs more time for the movie's visual effects to be completed. Clooney (who directed "The Monuments Men" and who is one of the movie's stars, writers and producers) made the remarks in a Los Angeles Times interview that was published on Oct. 22, 2013. Columbia Pictures' "The Monuments Men" had originally been set for a U.S./Canadian release on Dec. 18, 2013. According to Columbia Pictures, that release has been postponed to Feb. 7, 2014.
In the Los Angeles Times interview, Clooney commented on the delay: "We just didn't have enough time. If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. We simply don't have enough people to work enough hours to finish it."
Here is Columbia Pictures' synopsis of "The Monuments Men":
"Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, 'The Monuments Men' is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed?
"But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. From director George Clooney, the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay is by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. Produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney."
Clooney and Heslov and Ben Affleck won Oscars for Best Picture for producing the 2012 movie "Argo." Clooney also has an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2005 political thriller "Syriana."
Clooney made his directorial debut with the 2002 movie "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." He has since directed these movies: 2005's "Good Night, and Good Luck" (which received several Oscar nominations), 2008's "Leatherheads" and 2011's "The Ides of March." Clooney also co-wrote "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "The Ides of March."
Damon and Clooney previously worked together on the movies "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen."