April 25, 2013

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Here is a slew of new release dates for the following films:

  • Dracula – Universal’s Dracula origin story directed by Gary Shore and starring Luke Evans (The Raven) will open August 8, 2014.
  • Transcendence – Cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman has been moved up one week to April 18, 2014.
  • Blended – The tentatively-titled new rom-com with Adam Sandler and (possibly) Drew Barrymore will open May 23, 2014.
  • The Purge – The violent speculative-thriller written and directed by James DeMonaco and starring Ethan Hawke (Sinister) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) will open June 7th.
  • State 194Dan Setton’s documentary on Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will open May 17th.
  • When the Game Stands Tall – Director Thomas Carter’s (Coach Carter) upcoming high school football drama starring James Caviezel (Person of Interest) and Michael Chiklis (The Shield) will open September 19, 2014.
  • Heaven Is for Real – Director Randall Wallace’s novel adaptation starring Kelly Reilly and Greg Kinnear is set to open April 16, 2014

Hit the jump for more.
luke-evansRelease date announcements and changes come courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Universal’s Dracula, previously titled Dracula Year Zero, will star Evans in the title role.  Rather than the usual portrayal of the bloodthirsty count, this iteration will show Dracula’s formative years as a young mortal prince.  When his family is threatened by a savage sultan, he sacrifices his soul in order to save them and thus becomes the world’s first vampire.  The film’s producer Mike De Luca previously spoke with Steve a few years ago when the studio had pulled the plug on the picture due to budget issues and revealed quite a bit about the story.

Transcendence is a sci-fi thriller centering on two computer scientists as they try to develop technology that will allow computer intelligence to surpass that of humans, when a computer “develops a malevolent awareness.”  The impressive cast also features Kate Mara,Rebecca HallCillian Murphy, Cole Hauser and Paul Bettany.

The previously-titled Blended is a Warner Bros. rom-com that follows “a man and a woman who, after a disastrous first date, get trapped at a family resort with their kids from previous marriages in tow.”  There is no director as of yet but Sandler has reportedly slotted this project as the next in line under Happy Madison’s banner.

the-purge-mobThe Purge is a creepy take on a world where the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period where everything—including murder—becomes legal.  During this madness, a family inside a gated community fights to survive against a lawless band of thugs without turning into monsters themselves. Take a look at the trailer, poster and images here.

State 194 documents when, “in 2009, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched a plan to demonstrate that his people were deserving of statehood, inspiring them to change their destiny and seek U.N. membership. Since then, they’ve made remarkable progress, but the political quagmire threatens to destroy the most promising opportunity for peace in years.”

When the Game Stands Tall stars Caviezel and Chiklis “as Bob Ladouceur and Terry Eldson, the talented coaches who led De La Salle High School’s football team to unparalleled national record-breaking success by inspiring them to stand for something greater than winning. ”

Heaven Is for Real, based on the Todd Burpo novel about a young boy named Colton Burpo who comes out of an emergency operation with compelling stories of a visit to heaven.


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