Mel Gibson’s ‘The Beaver’ will wag its tail in March

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‘The Beaver,’ in which Mel Gibson plays a clinically depressed man who wears an animal puppet on his hand, has been given a release date by studio Summit Entertainment: The movie will hit select theaters March 23 before opening nationwide April 8.

Interestingly, the decision to open the movie in limited release suggests Summit believes the film is strong enough to build some positive word of mouth (or it just wants to spread out the adverse Gibson publicity). The March 23 date happens to be the second weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, so we imagine Summit isn’t hoping to hit a lot of older men.

There’s also a possible play at the Berlin Film Festival, though no official word on that yet.

Still a lot of unanswered questions, like how much Gibson will promote the movie on U.S. television, which networks will pursue him and whether he’ll try to do something Diane Sawyer-ish first. Either way, it’s only about 14 weeks until Mel is back on the big screen.


-- Steven Zeitchik