'Beowulf' misses Venice festival bow


ROME -- "Beowulf" will not be doing battle in Venice as previously announced. Warner Bros. Italia director Paolo Ferrari said Tuesday that the Robert Zemeckis interpretation of the epic English poem will not be ready in time for the Venice Film Festival, which runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8.

The film, about the clash between hero Beowulf and the monster Grendel, should be ready by November -- a little late for the biggest festivals at year's end. As yet, there is no word on where the film will screen first now that Venice is out of the equation.

"Beowulf" features a star-studded cast, with Anthony Hopkins in the role of King Hrothgar, Crispin Glover as Grendel, John Malkovich as Unferth, Ray Winstone as Beowulf and Angelina Jolie's voice in the off-camera role of Grendel's mother.