AMERICAN SNIPER, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., and the POINT BREAK Remake Get New Release Dates

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Warner Bros. shifted their slate around a bit today which resulted in new release dates for a trio of their films.

  • Director Clint Eastwood‘s film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper, will now open in select theaters on Christmas Day.
  • Guy Ritchie‘s adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which stars Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill, will now open on August 14th, 2015.
  • The Point Break remake, directed by Ericson Core, will hit theaters on July 31st 2015.

Hit the jump for more on these release date changes.

american-sniper-bradley-cooperFirst up is Eastwood’s American Sniper, which has been a passion project for the filmmaker ever since he inherited control of it from Steven Spielberg.  Per THR, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow will now open the film on Christmas Day before going into wider release on January 16th.  This move indicates a vote of confidence for the film on behalf of the studio as the clearly want it to be eligible for awards season (it also doesn’t hurt that people won’t stop giving prizes to Eastwood even though his best directorial efforts, like The Unforgiven, seem to be a ways behind him).  The film is an adaptation of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.  Kyle was killed in a friendly fire accident last year.

Next is Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which gets another vote-of-confidence move from January 16th, 2015 to August 14th of that year.  I’m rooting for Ritchie despite the fact that I don’t care for his Sherlock Holmes films, here’s hoping U.N.C.L.E. is an improvement.  The summer date indicates that that studio at least doesn’t dislike it.

point-break-remakeFinally, Ericson Core’s Point Break remake has shifted back only slightly, from August 7th 2015 to July 31st 2015.  I would say this is a vote-of-confidence thing too, but who are we kidding?  There’s no other time of year to release this remake.  Even if this film focusses more on “extreme sports” than surfing, that’s still summer material.  I don’t see how this can top Kathryn Bigelow‘s 1991 original (as much as I actually like new cast members Teresa Palmer and Ray Winstone).




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  • Vulcan

    I still don’t understand the point of a Point Break remake. Why remake it? It was fine the way it is. A sequel would make more sense. Is there really a bunch of people demanding a remake or sequel? And I wonder what Kathrine Bigelow’s thoughts on the remake are.

    • franklin

      $$$$$$$$ <—-that is why it's being remade. Not to mention to capitalize on an established name and a plot that more than resembles the fast and furious flicks.

  • Vulcan

    I still don’t understand the point of a Point Break remake. Why remake it? It was fine the way it is. A sequel would make more sense. Is there really a bunch of people demanding a remake or sequel? And I wonder what Kathrine Bigelow’s thoughts on the remake are.

  • Strong Enough

    maybe we’ll get a Clint movie that isn’t terrible. if only

  • Strong Enough

    maybe we’ll get a Clint movie that isn’t terrible. if only

  • ThisGuy01

    Fuck me. Christmas Day like this year? Clint Eastwood sure knocks out these sleepers fast. Guess we gotta consider Bradley Cooper for the Oscars again.

    • Neven

      Yeah, I’m suprised as well to see that it’s already in post-production. I mean, what the…?! I thought it’s at least a year away and that it’s now in pre-production, not post. I guess Eastwood’s experience makes for a very quick shooting schedule.

    • Steve McCort

      Maybe a double nomination for his efforts in Guardians AND Sniper?……. kidding

  • ThisGuy01

    Fuck me. Christmas Day like this year? Clint Eastwood sure knocks out these sleepers fast. Guess we gotta consider Bradley Cooper for the Oscars again.

  • dude

    You just won’t let that “unforgiven is the last good movie clint eastwood directed” argument go, will you Matt? Even though it pretty much makes you a laughing stock every time you mention it?

    • stephens

      Dude….look who wrote the article

      • Steve McCort

        LOL…. that was a very “Matt” statement.

      • Vulcan

        Not Matt.

      • dude

        Holy crap! That wasn’t Matt? Then, is it a collider requirement to hate everything Eastwood has done after Unforgiven? Like, how does that make sense to anybody? I understand if you don’t like many of his stuff after unforgiven and have reservations about them, but to say that he’s done practically nothing of-worth after that movie is just you embarrassing yourself.

  • billybong

    I guess Jersey Boys wasn’t as strong of an Oscarbation session as Clint and the studio might have hoped.

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