CBS Films has done a bit of release date shuffling for two of their upcoming releases. First up, director Michael Hoffman’s remake of the 1966 caper comedy Gambit has been moved up from January 11th, 2013 to October 12th of this year (per Box Office Mojo). Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth star as partners in a con to sell a fake Monet painting, and the film has a script by Joel and Ethan Coen. Given the caliber of talent involved, the January date was always a bit of a puzzler. The film will now square off against Ben Affleck’s stellar looking period thriller Argo and the Kevin James “comedy” Here Comes the Boom. Hit the jump for more, including release date news concerning The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu’s airplane thriller 7500.
CBS Films has certainly seen a cut of Gambit by now, and one has to wonder if they think they’ve got a shot at the awards season race. The cast is certainly exciting, with Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Tom Courtenay and Cloris Leachman rounding out the supporting roles, so the fact that we’ll get to catch the film earlier than previously planned is definitely good news.
Additionally, the studio has decided to move the “haunted house movie on an airplane” film 7500 from August 31st to an unspecified date in 2013. The film centers on a group of passengers who begin to experience supernatural phenomena after a passenger mysteriously dies during their international flight. No reason is given for the release date move, but the horror-thriller was previously pegged up against the Lionsgate horror pic The Posession. The cast for 7500 includes Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Jerry Ferrera (Entourage), Amy Smart (Road Trip), and Leslie Bibb (Zookeeper).