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.”