The release dates for two films from filmmakers that you really like were announced tonight:
- The Weinstein Company will release Paul Thomas Anderson‘s religious drama The Master starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman on October 12, 2012
- Sony will release a comedy from Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill on June 14, 2013; it is currently listed as untitled, but may be the project we know as The Apocalypse, or perhaps Sausage Party. [Update: The Playlist has confirmed that The Apocalypse, starring Rogen and Jay Baruchel, is opening on June 14, 2013]
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Not so long ago, The Master was “postponed indefinitely.” Then the ineffable Megan Ellison (True Grit) rescued the project and earlier this month promised an October release date on Twitter. Box Office Mojo narrows down the time window to October 12, which may now be the official date that Oscar season starts. Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, and David Warshovsky co-star in the drama about a man (Hoffman) so shaken by the horrors of World War II that he creates a new religion. Anderson shot The Master in 65mm; There Will Be Blood composer Johnny Greenwood is scoring the film.
Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse started off as a trailer (embedded below) and turned into Rogen’s directorial debut with the truncated title, The Apocalypse. Since Rogen and Hill are both attached to The Apocalypse and it’s housed at Sony, that’s my best guess. But it could also be the hard R animation spoof Sausage Party, or something we haven’t heard about yet. If it’s The Apocalypse, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson star alongside Hill and Rogen set in the end of days. The trailer should give you an idea.
If it’s Sausage Party, this is how Rogen’s writing partner Evan Goldberg described the story:
“It’s our secret project. Me and Seth and Jonah Hill came up with it one day. Me and Seth and Conrad Vernon—who did Shrek 2 and Monsters and Aliens—are going to produce it, and me and Seth and our writing cohorts Ariel and Kyle, who are buddies from Canada who we brought down to work with us, are going to write it. It’s about Jonah and Seth, playing the two main characters, they’re sausages in a supermarket, and it’s a hard R mockery of a Pixar movie, where they get taken across the store in a cart, and fall out of the cart, and they need to get back to their aisle before the fourth of July sale, so they can reach every sausages goal of being purchased and carried to the heavens by the humans.”
If it’s something we haven’t heard of yet, you’re on your own.