CBS Films postpones Vanessa Hudgens film

'Beastly' pushed to March; indie has only one more pic for '10

Fledgling indie CBS Films, which has released just two films to lackluster results, will unspool only one more pic this year after delaying the release of romantic fantasy "Beastly" until March 18.

The postponement was prompted by Universal placing the similarly themed Zac Efron starrer "Charlie St. Cloud" on July 30, the original date for "Beastly."

"Beastly" stars Vanessa Hudgens, Efron's girlfriend and fellow alum of the "High School Musical" feature series.

"Beastly" involves an egotistical young man (played by Alex Pettyfer) who is cast under a dark spell and has a year to find a young woman to love. "St. Cloud" revolves around a young man torn between a lasting bond with his dead brother and feelings for the girl he loves.

CBS Films distribution topper Steven Friedlander said he had little choice but to delay "Beastly" by almost eight months.

"There wasn't much left in the summer that we could move it to, we didn't want to go in fall, and the holidays are for four-quadrant movies," he said. "So we figured if we went to March, we'd have some school breaks happening around that time."

CBS Films' only remaining pic slotted for release this year is the November action thriller "Faster," starring Billy Bob Thornton and Dwayne Johnson. Other productions and potential acquisitions would be tagged for release in 2011.

"We have a lot of stuff in development but nothing that's shooting right now," Friedlander said. " Hopefully, we'll also acquire stuff for release in 2011."

CBS Films opened Jennifer Lopez starrer "The Back-up Plan" on April 23, with the romantic comedy wooing $36.8 million domestically.

The Harrison Ford-toplined "Extraordinary Measures" bowed Jan. 22 and fetched $12.1 million in the U.S. and Canada.
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