FilmDistrict announced today that it has acquired domestic distribution rights to the romantic comedy Are We Officially Dating?, setting the film for release on January 31, 2014. Written and directed by Tom Gormican, the pic features a promising ensemble cast led by Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan, and centers on “three guys decide to support a friend devastated by a recent breakup by vowing to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships.”
Additionally, the Elizabeth Banks-led comedy Walk of Shame has been pushed from this coming September to March 14, 2014, where it will open opposite Need for Speed. Banks plays a news anchor finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, ID, or means of travel, with only a short time to trek across L.A. to get to a career-changing job interview. James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs also star. Hit the jump to read the Are We Officially Dating? press release.
A few release date shuffles have been announced. Briefly:
- I, Frankenstein – Director Stuart Beattie’s graphic novel adaptation has been pushed back yet again from this coming September to the less-than-promising date of January 24th. The Aaron Eckhart-starrer will now open opposite the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sam Worthington thriller Ten.
- Insidious: Chapter 2 – The Patrick Wilson/Rose Byrne-fronted horror sequel will now open a week earlier on September 13th, opposite Machete Kills and Battle of the Year.
- Austenland – Sony Pictures Classic has set Jerusha Hess’ Sundance comedy for a limited release in NY and LA on August 16th. The film stars Keri Russell and Jemaine Clement.
- Walk of Shame – Director Steven Brill’s comedy, which stars Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden, has been slated for wide release on September 20th. The film will open opposite the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Prisoners and Ron Howard’s racing drama Rush.
- Escape Plan - The Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sylvester Stallone thriller previously known as The Tomb has been moved up from September 27th to September 13th.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this evening. First up, Les Miserables star Samantha Barks is looking to continue her musical streak. Barks makes her big screen debut in director Tom Hooper’s upcoming musical adaptation, repeating the same role she played on stage in the London West End production of Les Mis, and now she’s looking to tackle another music-geared film. The Wrap reports that Barks is in talks to join the cast of the musical comedy Walking on Sunshine.
The film is set to 1980s pop songs and centers on a mother and daughter who fall in love with the same man in Spain. Kylie Minogue is set in the mother role, and Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini are set to direct. Hit the jump for casting news concerning a slew of actors joining the comedy Walk of Shame.
While we’re all waiting for Community to come back on the air, star Gillian Jacobs has been busy padding out her movie schedule. The latest addition for the comedienne is writer/director Steven Brill’s Walk of Shame, a picture that already boasts Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden and Ethan Suplee. The picture centers on a news anchor (Banks) who finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, identification or means of travel. Her shameful trek across Los Angeles is fraught with misadventures as she attempts to make it to a career-changing job interview. Jacobs will play the protag’s best friend. Hit the jump for more.
James Marsden has signed on to star opposite Elizabeth Banks in the comedy Walk of Shame. The story follows “a high-strung news anchor (Banks) who, after a wild night out, finds herself locked out on the street with no phone, money, ID or car, and embarks on a series of misadventures as she finds her way to the most important job interview of her life.” Steven Brill (Mr. Deeds) wrote and will direct. Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, and Sidney Kimmel are producing. Banks and Marsden ought to be a nice comedic pairing, so while the logline doesn’t hook me, the casting does.
Hit the jump for details on Gregg Sulkin‘s starring role in 1990.
Fresh off a great but minor role in Pitch Perfect (which she also produced), Elizabeth Banks has been set as the lead in the comedy Walk of Shame. The actress will play an aspiring Los Angeles TV news anchor who, after losing an audition for her dream job, goes out for an uncharacteristic night of hard partying and drinking. She wakes up the next morning with no money, car, or memory of the previous night’s events, but finds a message from her agent telling her that she actually won the audition and must be on the air by 5pm. She then “must embark on a ‘walk of shame’ across hostile neighborhoods” in a presumably eventful quest that will lead her to the station by 5:00.
Per Variety, Steven Brill (Heavy Weights, Mr. Deeds, Little Nicky) is directing from his own script, with production set to begin in January. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the romantic comedy 5 to 7.