Apparently People Like Roland Emmerich Movies Better If They Have Godzilla Instead Of Shakespeare
Sony Pictures appears to have noticed that just because Roland Emmerich directed a film doesn't mean you should pretend it's "The Day After Tomorrow." The studio has decided, at an extremely late date, to dial the number of theaters showing "Anonymous" way way back, from more than 2,500 to about 250. The studio says they don't want a bad opening weekend -- the movie isn't tracking well, probably because it's a costume drama directed by the "Godzilla" guy -- to bury a "magnificent film," and what a cool thing for a studio exec to say, that his/her film is "magnificent." Thus, a smaller rollout.
The film is reported to feature a strong performance by Rhys Ifans and did receive some generally positive early reviews. It is still a costume drama directed by the "Universal Soldier" guy. And it's also a completely false story. So, sorry, denizens of Topeka and West Memphis: You'll have to wait an extra couple of weeks to see this movie you're already standing in line for.