The LA Times’ Patrick Goldstein goes digging into the Conspirator – and why all of the lack of excitement and/or buzz around the film. His solution? Tie it in with 9/11:
It is definitely a sign of the times that this¬†Hollywood icon,¬†who once had studios at his beck and call, is now feeling the need to beat the drums to get some attention for his new film, “The Conspirator.”¬†The movie, which stars Robin Wright and James McAvoy, is a¬†historical drama set in the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, when¬†seven men and one woman (played by Wright) are charged with conspiring to murder the president. The film was financed with independent money because it’s virtually impossible to persuade a major studio to back a real-life historical drama today, at least unless you jump through a thousand hoops — like keeping the budget under $20 million or providing your own financing and then¬†loading the film up with a couple of big stars (working for peanuts, of course).