'Doubt' to open AFI fest

Shanley's adaptation will replace 'Soloist'

Miramax's "Doubt," John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of his Broadway play starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep, has been drafted to serve as the opening-night film of AFI Fest 2008, screening Thursday at ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome. It replaces "The Soloist," which was pulled when its release was postponed until March 13.

The festival will screen an unfinished version of "Doubt," which opens theatrically Dec. 12.

"The movie is still being finished, but we were so excited to show 'Doubt' and help our friends at AFI Fest and the American Film Institute at the same time. We couldn't possibly pass up the opportunity," Miramax president Daniel Battsek said.

"We are grateful to Miramax Films and producers Scott Rudin and Mark Roybal for providing AFI the honor of premiering this highly anticipated, unfinished version of 'Doubt.' There is no doubt that bringing together Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in concert with the extraordinary talents of writer-director John Patrick Shanley promises an evening that will celebrate the finest in American film," AFI Fest artistic director Rose Kuo said.

AFI Fest runs Thursday through Nov. 9.
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