Rumors abound regarding the fate of this film.
I have talked with a few magicians who have seen the film and they are upbeat and excited about it. Nevertheless, like many film projects, once a film is finished and has been edited, everybody else (particular the "money people") must be on the same page regarding its distribution. This of course is the final, most important phase. A lot depends on how many producers and power brokers (who control the fate of a film) are involved.
I read almost every trade journal about the film business and have not seen a release date yet, nor is "Shade" on any list for distribution and theatrical release in the next 6 months.
Right now I think there is some wrangling going on. For one thing, the opening sequence of fabulous card techniques (seen through a glass top table)that are seen during the opening credits is a point of contention. Some want this sequence cut. Some also want the movie re-edited.
The worst rumor I heard was: "This film will not even go straight into video release!"
Obviously, at this stage, these comments remain only rumors. Right now anticipation (among magicians) is high, especially since the Genii article has come out. All of us certainly want to see this film publicized and distributed. However, until we have authentic, from-the-horse's-mouth facts, we can only wait with great and perhaps nervous anticipation. Perhaps R. Paul Wilson, Damian Nieman, or Earl Nelson can shed some light on this subject while the "buzz" is still buzzing?