Wednesday, December 08, 2010

TCM Showing of THE WONDER WORLD OF K. GORDON MURRAY Canceled



I was very much looking forward to this documentary about K. Gordon Murray, the man who, with his dubbing factory, brought Mexican horror into the consciousness of American "monster kids" in the 1960s. Unfortunately, the scheduled premiere of this documentary on TCM this Friday has been canceled.

Here the official press release from Daniel Griffith, the filmmaker who has been working on this project for years:

After several weeks of frantic editorial adjustments based on a few emerging rights issues with some of the clips used within the body of the K. Gordon Murray documentary, I have regretfully decided to postpone the films official premiere. There's not enough time to negotiate the rights, nor find a suitable replacement for these clips.

This news may disappoint film fans who have been eagerly anticipating this documentary since I began production on it three years ago. For those of you who have stuck by the project, I am indebted to your patience. The K. Gordon Murray documentary is, and has always been, a fully independent venture. It is a passion project that has taken more time and detective work than I will ever admit. It has been a long journey and I assure all of you, I did not come to this decision lightly.

I have given Turner Classic Movies the option of airing the revised documentary in the near future, but as of now, the TCM network premiere is officially canceled. The staff at TCM has been very helpful and understanding regarding this decision. This will not effect the network airing of K. Gordon Murray's SANTA CLAUS, which is now slated for December 10th at 2:00 a.m.

But I assure all of you, the complete, unedited documentary will be released this spring, as intended. Look for news in the upcoming months regarding special 'ROADSHOW' screenings of the film in select theaters, as well as official news on its DVD release. Again, thank you for your patience and support. And have a very Murray christmas!

2 comments:

The Creeping Bride said...

Dammit.

I'm very disappointed about this cancellation. I've known about this project for a few years, and then when I saw that it was going to premiere on TCM "Underground," I was thrilled at the prospect.

Even if it's not going to happen now, it's still good to see that TCM was willing to showcase it in the first place.

prof. grewbeard said...

ditto!