Audiences not located in New York or Los Angeles might have to wait a little while longer to see "Zero Dark Thirty." According to THR, Sony is toying with the idea of giving the Kathryn Bigelow film an Oscar-qualifying release, as planned, on Dec. 19, before rolling "Zero Dark Thirty" out to the rest of the country in January.

Per THR, "Zero Dark Thirty" would open wide on Jan. 11, one day after the Academy Award nominations are announced and two days before the Golden Globes ceremony.

The move is not all that surprising, especially considering how crowded December is for major releases. In addition to "Zero Dark Thirty," the month is already home to "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "Jack Reacher," "This Is 40," "Django Unchained," "The Guilt Trip," "Parental Guidance" and "Les Miserables." It should be noted that all of those films are set for release after Dec. 14, making the last two weeks of the year particularly jam-packed. "Zero Dark Thirty" wouldn't be the first December-slotted film to blink: "Life of Pi" was originally scheduled for a December release before moving to November, while "The Great Gatsby" was initially set for Christmas Day before shifting to May of 2013.

"Zero Dark Thirty" is Bigelow's follow up to "The Hurt Locker," which grabbed Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. The film, which stars Jessica Chastain in a lead role (making her a dark horse for a Best Actress nomination), focuses on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

For more on the film, head over to THR.

[via THR]

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    In this Saturday, March 17,2012 photo, Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow walks on the set of her upcoming film about Osama bin Laden in Chandigarh, India. Bigelow and cast are in India shooting at various locations over the next few weeks, local media reports. (AP Photo) INDIA OUT

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    Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow, foreground center, stands on the set of her upcoming film about Osama bin Laden in Pinjore, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Chandigarh, India, Thursday, March 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Kapil Sethi)

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    Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow, right, sits with American producer and journalist Mark Boal on the sets of her upcoming film about Osama bin Laden in Pinjore, about 20 kilometers (13 miles) from Chandigarh, India, Thursday, March 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Kapil Sethi)

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    Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow, left, and producer and American journalist Mark Boal walk on the sets of the upcoming film about Osama bin Laden in Chandigarh, India, Saturday, March 10, 2012. Bigelow and cast are in India shooting at various locations over the next few weeks, local media reports. (AP Photo/Kapil Sethi)

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    Swedish actor Fares Fares, center, performs on the sets of Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming film about Osama bin Laden in Chandigarh, India, Saturday, March 3, 2012. Bigelow and cast are in India shooting at various locations over the next few weeks, local media reports. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain walks on the sets of Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming film about Osama bin Laden in Chandigarh, India, Sunday, March 11, 2012. Bigelow and cast are in India shooting at various locations over the next few weeks, local media reports. (AP Photo/Kapil Sethi)

  • Extras wait for their scene on the sets of Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming film about Osama bin Laden in Chandigarh, India, Saturday, March 3, 2012. Bigelow and cast are in India shooting at various locations over the next few weeks, local media reports. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • Activists of right-winged Hindu nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or World Hindu Council, protest during the shoot of a film about Osama bin Laden by Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow in Chandigarh, India, Friday, March 2, 2012. The VHP activists protested against the hoisting of Pakistani flags during the shooting of the film, according to a news agency. Bigelow and cast are in India shooting at various locations over the next few weeks, local media reports. (AP Photo/Anil Dayal)