The long awaited “Serena” found a distributor in the US and it has been announced that the movie will be released on VOD on February 26, 2015 followed by a theatrical release on March 27, 2015. IndieWire spoke to Magnolia Pictures’ Eamonn Bowles and director Susanne Bier about why the movie got delayed.
Back in 2012, before Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence co-starred in David O. Russell’s Oscar-winning “Silver Linings Playbook” and its follow-up “American Hustle,” the duo shot period drama “Serena,” which was once going to star Angelina Jolie with director Darren Aronofsky.
Oscar-winning Danish auteur Susanne Bier (“A Better World”) took the helm for producers Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s 2929 Productions, and has been delayed trying to finish it. Based on Ron Rash’s 2008 novel, the film is set in 1929 North Carolina and follows George and Serena Pemberton, ambitious newlyweds with their hearts set on a timber empire. They become obsessed with success, and their lives take a Shakespearean turn when Serena finds that she can’t get pregnant and tries to harm her husband’s illegitimate son.
Why the delays? “Once it finished shooting we’ve all been busy,” Bier told me in Toronto, which invited “Serena,” but the stars weren’t available. “I’ve been doing another film [TIFF world premiere 'Second Chance"]. Cooper and Lawrence were super-busy, just doing the [post-production sound recording] has been tricky. She had only one day off in two years!”