Tulip Fever, the sexxxy new movie about the 17th century Dutch flower craze that everyone was just BEGGING for, is having a pretty weird roll-out.
According to the Guardian, the movie was actually a hot script in Hollywood in the early 2000s, based on the Deborah Moggach’s best-selling novel. The movie is being compared to Shakepeare in Love, but I personally suspect at the time it was a project trying to replicate the success of Academy Award-nominated Girl With a Pearl Earring. And while today’s version stars Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan, it was initially supposed to star Jude Law and Keira Knightley.
But then a tax loophole in the UK was sealed off by the government and the film lost funding. A decade later Harvey Weinstein finally got a cast together, which at one point almost included Harry Styles. In 2014, the movie was filmed but when it came time to actually come out it kept appearing and disappearing from the Weinstein Company release calendar, now set for coming out this September. And according to film critics their reviews are embargoed for the afternoon of September 1, which is actually after the movie starts playing for the masses.
Curiously, nobody has mentioned that maybe the reason it’s taken so long to release Tulip Fever is because there is never, ever a great time to release a sexy romance about people in Amsterdam going nuts for flowers.