A friend who enjoys a degree of familiarity with the Zodiac team tells me that the recently-revealed January ’07 release date “seems to be the wide release date” and that the current talk is about doing “a late fall campaign for the Oscars. The January release date was determined before anybody at the studios even saw the film.” (To which I would ask, determined by whom? And why?) “I have the feeling that this film will play major for the Oscars,” the friend continues. “It runs just under three hours, is very ’70s-style and way out of Fincher world… nothing like Seven and a real ‘journalism film.'” If this plan turns out to be actual, wouldn’t you think that the Paramount p.r. folks would have shared this once the news got out earlier this week that Zodiac has (apparently) been bumped out of ’06?