When last we reported on the sci-fi flick Interstellar, it was to tell you that Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) would be re-writing brother Jonathan Nolan’s script and was circling the director’s chair. Now, Christopher Nolan has been confirmed as a director, but his partnership with brother Jonathan isn’t the biggest team-up news. In a rare bit of cooperation by major studios, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. will team up to co-produce; Paramount will handle domestic distribution while WB goes international. Legendary Pictures will not be involved, despite having backed The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception. Few plot details are available for the film, but it’s said to “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.” We do know, however, that Interstellar is now slated for a November 7, 2014 release in IMAX. Hit the jump for more.
Check out the new release dates below:
- Hercules – The Brett Ratner-directed fantasy film starring Dwayne Johnson (Snitch) in the title role has been moved up a couple of weeks to July 25, 2014.
- The Best Man Holiday – Director Malcolm D. Lee’s sequel to his 1999 debut The Best Man now has an official title and a new release date of November 15, 2013.
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Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have just announced director Gareth Edwards Godzilla will be released on May 16, 2014 and it’s expected to be in 3D. According to the press release, the script is written by by David Callaham (The Expendables films), David S. Goyer (the Dark Knight trilogy) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son). In addition, the studio says they “will return the character to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner.”
Right now Godzilla is being released on the same day as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the week after will see the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. However, 2014 is a long time away and many release dates will be adjusted as more films get announced. Hit the jump for the press release.
Once upon a time Bullet to the Head, led by Sylvester Stallone, was supposed to hit theaters last month. Then Warner Bros. pulled it off the schedule amid rumors of trouble in the editing room. But director Walter Hill promised, “I’m currently finishing up and locking reels on the movie—as to the content and style of the film, Sly and I are in perfect sync.” The studio has now followed up on that promise with an official release date. Per Box Office Mojo, Bullet to the Head will bow on February 1, 2013, where it faces the zombie romance Warm Bodies (another movie once intended for 2012).
Stallone plays a New Orleans hitman who teams up with a New York City cop (Sung Kang) to “bring down the killers of their respective partners.” Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jason Momoa, and Sarah Shahi also star in the adaptation of the graphic novel Bullet to the Head. Click here for more recently announced release dates.
How cool is your family? For instance, if the new Quentin Tarantino movie opened on Christmas Day, would you have to ditch the folks for a couple hours, or could you bring them along? The Weinstein Company will put these family ties to the test with a December 25, 2012 release date for Django Unhcained [Box Office Mojo]. The supporting cast is mostly set: Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio are all on board or about to be barring any sticking points in negotiations. Much less certain is who will play Django, the freed slave taught the tricks of the trade by a German bounty hunter (Waltz) to liberate his wife from an evil plantation owner (DiCaprio). Will Smith was the early frontrunner, though a deal has not come easy. More recently, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, and Jamie Foxx came up as possible Djangos. Showbiz 411 hears Foxx is the closest to the role, but all is heresay until it’s in the trades. Production is scheduled for later this summer or early fall — with the finish line in place, we’ll meet our Django soon enough.
Christmas Day is a Tuesday in 2012. As of this writing, Django Unchained has the holiday all to itself, but Hunter Killer, Life of Pi, and The Lone Ranger open the Friday before, December 21.
Lionsgate has scheduled Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds for release on February 24, 2012 where it will face Gone, The Devil Inside, and Lockout. This is the fourth of Perry’s movies to debut in February. Per Variety, Good Deeds revolves around “a businessman (Perry) who falls in love with a single mother just before he is skedded to marry another woman.” Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union also star.
Disney released the first trailer for the Blu-ray release of The Lion King 3D last night. We noted that the Hollywood theater El Capitan is selling tickets for a theatrical showing in September. Today the studio announced a two-week wide release for The Lion King 3D starting September 16. The 3D Blu-ray drops on October 4. Hit the jump for the official press release with all the details.
No studio has kept busier over the past few days then FilmDistrict. On Thursday, FilmDistrict announced the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Arabian Nights, the 3D period action adventure led by Liam Hemsworth, and Playing the Field, the little league soccer comedy starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel.
Today the studio announced two more pickups: the time travel thriller Looper and Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. Looper is the latest from writer/director Rian Johnson (The Brother’s Bloom), and we’ve geeked out about the production pretty extensively here at Collider — good to know it has distribution secured with Tri Star. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt star.
Today FilmDistrict also gave Jolie’s Bosnian Civil War drama a title and a release date: In the Land of Blood and Honey is scheduled for an Oscar-friendly December 23 release. More on all four movies after the break:
Lionsgate has scheduled Safe starring Jason Statham for release on October 28 where it faces Now and The Rum Diary in wide release. Statham plays “a former elite agent who fights to rescue a 12-year-old girl.” Catherine Chan plays the girl; Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke, Reggie Lee, and Danny Hoch also star. Boaz Yakin (Death in Love) directed from his own screenplay. According to Variety, this is the first of a three-picture distribution between Lionsgate and IM Global — the other two are Dredd and Protection, both dateless.
Statham will next be seen in Blitz, which debuts overseas later this week — no North American release date is currently scheduled. Statham is also tapped to play a former Navy Seal The Killer Elite, and an ex-SAS agent in both Echelon and The Expendables 2.
Summit has announced a January 13, 2012 release date for Man on a Ledge, its upcoming heist film about, you guessed it, a man on a ledge. Directed by Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cité Soleil), the film centers on an ex-cop (Sam Worthington) convicted of a crime he didn’t commit who stands on the ledge of a Manhattan building, threatening to kill himself. However, unbeknownst to the cops on the scene, what appears to be a suicide attempt is in fact a cover for a massive diamond heist.
Along with Worthington, the thriller boasts an impressive cast that includes Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days), Jamie Bell (Jane Eyre), Edward Burns (27 Dresses), Ed Harris (The Way Back), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), and Titus Welliver (Lost). Read the official synopsis after the jump.
Paramount has announced release dates for two upcoming handled by the studio’s specialty labels. According to Box Office Mojo, Paramount Vantage will debut Like Crazy in limited release on October 28. Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, and Alex Kingston star in the romantic drama that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Drake Doremus (Douchebag) directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Ben York Jones.
Writer/director William Brent Bell (Stay Alive) shot The Devil Inside last year in Rome and Bucharest with stars Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, and Suzan Crowley. Paramount’s Insurge Pictures, a division devoted to low-budget horror films, recently acquired the exorcism tale for wide release on February 24, 2012.
Read the official synopses for both films after the jump.
Summit previously scheduled the 3D The Darkest Hour for August 5, a fairly typical summer release date for a sci-fi thriller. Per Box Office Mojo, the studio has pushed the film to December 23, a less natural holiday season bow. On the new date, The Darkest Hour must vie for 3D theaters against The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn; the date also holds The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and We Bought a Zoo.
Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Rachel Taylor, Max Minghella, and Joel Kinnaman star as young tourists who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. Chris Gorak (Right at Your Door) is directing from a script by Jon Spaihts. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is among the producers.
After a brief sequel detour of Toy Story 3 and Cars 2, Pixar returns to original properties in 2012 with Brave. According to The Wrap, Disney has moved the release date from July 22 to July 15, 2012. Brave is a princess fairy tale set in the Scottish highlands and features the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, and (like all Pixar films that precede it) John Ratzenberger.
Fox Searchlight acquired Another Earth out of the Sundance Film Festival and has now scheduled a limited release for July 22. William Mapother, Brit Marling, Jordan Baker, Robin Lord Taylor, and Flint Beverage star in the sci-fi film that centers on the discovery of a second Earth. Hit the jump for synopses for both Brave and Another Earth.
Last month, Warner Bros. moved the sequel to Clash of the Titans up one week from March 30 to March 23, 2012 to face off against another tale inspired by Greek myth, The Hunger Games. Hope you Clash fans didn’t mark the date with ink: according to Box Office Mojo, Warner Bros. has moved the sequel back to the original March 30 release date. My Mother’s Curse and The Pirates! Band of Misfits are the other two releases currently slotted for March 30 — markedly less formidable competition than the red-hot Hunger Games property.
Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) will direct Clash 2, and he discussed his approach in detail with Steve here. Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, and Rosamund Pike star.
Paramount Pictures has scheduled the road trip comedy My Mother’s Curse for release on March 30, 2012. Barbra Streisand star as a mother and son who, according to Variety, “embark on a road trip so the inventor son can sell his latest invention.” Previous reports indicate the script from Dan Fogelman (Tangled) reunite Streisand with a lost love. Paramount may have actually performed the mother’s curse on the last pre-Easter 2012 weekend — as of this writing, no other film is scheduled that Friday.
Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) will direct; Fogelman, Rogen, and Streisand are producing alongside Lorne Michaels (SNL), John Goldwyn (MacGruber), Evan Goldberg (The Green Hornet), David Ellison (True Grit), Paul Schwake (Strange Wilderness), and Dana Goldberg (Yes Man). Rogen will next be heard March 18 as the titular alien in Paul, followed by Kung Fu Panda 2 on May 26. Rogen holistically returns to theaters in 50/50, which opens September 30.
When Sony Pictures acquired the George Clooney-directed political thriller The Ides of March, it was suggested the studio planned for a platform release: limited opening in December, then expand in January 2012. THR reports that Sony has instead scheduled the likely awards contender to open on October 14. I am very much looking forward to The Ides of March, so even though that particular October weekend is packed with wide releases — The Big Year, The Three Musketeers, The Thing, Footloose – my choice is made.
Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood star in The Ides of March. Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck) adapted the script from the Beau Willimon play Farragut North about “a young press secretary who falls prey to dirty backroom politics as he works to get his candidate elected in a tight race.”