You would have thought that after Robin Williams’ death it wouldn’t be too difficult to get his final films out to the public, but unfortunately it’s proving difficult with one of his movies, Boulevard, in which he plays a gay man.
The Daily Mirror reports that it’s proving an uphill battle to find a distributor who will put the movie on the big screen. A source is reported to have said: “It’s really sad but it is looking impossible that Boulevard will ever see the light of day now. It has proved to be a struggle for it to find the support it needs to be released. The cast have tried, as have the crew. But for many reasons it is looking very unlikely. There is one suggestion it isn’t up to scratch and is failing on merit to find anyone to distribute it.”
It’s particularly surprising as the film has received good notices at festival screenings when it’s been shown at the likes of Tribeca and Outfest. In the film Williams plays a man who has been married to a woman for years, but must confront the fact that secretly he knows that he’s really gay after he becomes infatuated with a young male prostitute.
It is possible the film is having difficulty finding a distributor due to the fact it’s quite serious and not always an easy watch, which combined with the tragedy surrounding the actor may be putting some companies off. However it’s also possible that while there are distributors who’d be willing to take the film on, they’re not willing or able to give the movie the kind of big push it would need to finding success in the crowded indie market.
The likelihood is the film will arrive at some point, although it may end up going straight-to-DVD.
The other three films Williams made before he died have already secured releases, with Night At The Museum 3 and A Merry Friggin’ Christmas due out in the US in the next couple of month, with his voice work as a dog in Absolutely Anything arriving next year.