Actor Robert Downey Jr is elated to learn his movie comeback in MEL GIBSON's The Singing Detective has finally been given a release date.

The release of the film was reportedly put back after disappointing reviews at this year's (03) Sundance Film Festival.

But according to PARAMOUNT CLASSICS representative HEATHER HARKER, the movie adaptation of British playwright Dennis Potter's quirky story, in which Downey Jr plays DAN DARK, a hallucinating hospital patient suffering from a skin disease, will hit screens this autumn (03).

Gibson appears in the flick as the enigmatic DR GIBBON, the hospital psychiatrist who dares to take on Dark's tortured mind.