NEED FOR SPEED Opening Delayed a Month, BAGGAGE CLAIM Lands a Month Earlier and FRUITVALE Gets a Surprise Summer Release

     April 3, 2013


Check out the latest release dates for the following movies:

  • Need for Speed – From director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) comes this EA video game adaptation starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) and Michael Keaton (Batman).  Need for Speed now opens March 14, 2014.
  • Baggage Claim – Adapted from his own novel for the screen, First Sunday director David E. Talbert’s film stars Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Taye Diggs (Chicago), Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator) and Adam Brody (Mr. & Mrs. Smith).  Baggage Claim now opens September 27, 2013.
  • Fruitvale – Writer/director Ryan Coogler’s feature debut starring Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Kevin Durand (Real Steel) and Octavia Spencer (The Help).  Fruitvale now gets a summer release date of July 26, 2013.

Hit the jump for more on each production.

need-for-speed-imageRelease date info for Need for Speed and Baggage Claim comes via Box Office Mojo; the date change on Fruitvale comes with thanks to the movie’s Twitter account (via The Film Stage).

As far as what we know so far for Need for Speed,  Keaton will play a “reclusive and eccentric host of an underground supercar race where he invites the best drivers from around the world.”  The Need for Speed adaptation, written by John Gatins (Flight), centers on “a local street racer (Paul) who partners with a rich and arrogant business associate (Cooper), only to find himself framed by his colleague and sent to prison. After his stint in the joint, he joins a New York-to-Los Angeles race to get revenge. But when the ex-partner learns of the scheme, he puts a massive bounty on the racer’s head, forcing him to run a cross-country gauntlet of illegal racers in all manner of supercharged vehicles.”

Baggage Claim stars Paula Patton as an unmarried flight attendant who becomes determined to find a man before her younger sister’s wedding. Brody will play the flamboyant flight attendant friend who helps to get her engaged by Christmas by arranging several of her ex-boyfriends to cross her path throughout the day. Derek Luke co-stars as Patton’s long-time friend and potential love interest.  Lauren London and Jill Scott also co-star in the picture.

Fruitvale pleased audiences at Sundance earlier this year, including our own Matt Goldberg (read his review here).  The film centers on the 2009 police shooting of Oscar Grant (Jordan).  The 22-year-old was shot by a BART police officer (who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter) at the Fruitvale station in Oakland, California on New Year’s Day.  The violence was caught on cell phones, sparking protests in the days after. The emotional film focuses on Grant’s final 24 hours.


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