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Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon” Looks Towards A 2022 Release

One of the films most anticipated for this year was always going to be Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to the Oscar winning La La Land. The flick in question is Babylon, a look at Old Hollywood that initially was going to reunite Chazelle with Emma Stone, who won an Academy Award for their first collaboration. Well, that’s not going to happen, for two reasons. One, Stone won’t be a part of the movie, but more on that later. The other reason? That has to do with Paramount moving the film to 2022. Read on for more, and set aside your disappointment, since we’re still a long way off, regardless.

Deadline is reporting that

Paramount has moved Babylon to Christmas Day of next year, and it makes sense. With COVID-19 stopping production on so many movies, it’s clear that this one never got started on filming. Plus, there was Emma Stone having to drop out of the lead role, opposite Brad Pitt, with Margot Robbie likely to take over. We’ll have to wait an extra year, but it sure seems like this is one to be patient for…

Here’s some of their story:

Separately tonight, Paramount announced that Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood period pic Babylon starring Brad Pitt is now dated for a Dec. 25, 2022 limited theatrical release with a wide break on Jan. 6, 2023. Deadline first broke the news about the project and reported last month that Margot Robbie is in early talks to join, taking over for Emma Stone who exited.

The film is a period, R-rated drama, set in the shifting moment in Hollywood when the industry turned from silent film to talkies. When Paramount acquired the picture in late 2019, it set a Christmas Day 2021 awards-qualifying release, with a wide berth January 7. Pic is produced by Olivia Hamilton, Matt Plouffe, Marc Platt and Tobey Maguire.

Stay tuned for more on Babylon…

(Source: Deadline)

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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