One of Robin Williams’s final films, Boulevard, received positive reviews when it screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, but according to the Mirror it is struggling to find a mainstream backer and may never be released in theatres.
“It’s really sad but it is looking impossible that Boulevard will ever see the light of day now,” a source “close to the cast” tells the Mirror. “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.”
Boulevard sees Williams portraying a character named Nolan Mack alongside actress Kathy Baker, who plays his wife, Joy. In the film, Nolan struggles with his sexuality and develops a relationship with a male prostitute.
Speaking of the film weeks before his suicide, Williams said, “Boulevard is a beautiful, sad movie about a guy who falls in love with a gay prostitute, basically comes out. He’s married, and he has to come out to his wife. It was powerful to do.”
Here’s hoping the source is wrong and Boulevard manages to find the financial support it needs so that it can be released alongside Williams’s other final films, which include A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, in theatres Nov 7; Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which comes out in December; and the British comedy Absolutely Anything, in which Williams voices a dog, set for release in 2015.