End Of Watch, which opened to No. 1 at the box office in September, will be back in theaters nationwide December 7 to give awards voters another crack at the LA cop drama written and directed by David Ayer. Distributor Open Road Films said guild members and awards organizations — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, ACE, ADG, ASC, BAFTA, CAS, DGA, HFPA, MPEG, MPSE, PGA, SAG NOM COM, WGA. — can use their cards to get in free depending on individual theater policy. End Of Watch stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a tough LA cop and Michael Peña as his partner; Peña was just nominated for supporting male actor by the Spirit Awards, which also gave a nom to DP Roman Vasyanov. The pic was produced by Ayer’s Crave Films, John Lesher under his Le Grisbi Productions, and Nigel Sinclair and Matt Jackson of Exclusive Media, which also financed the film, in association with Emmett/Furla Films.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘End Of Watch’ Clear #1; Clint Eastwood’s Baseball Drama Tied With Jennifer Lawrence’s Horror ‘House’ For #2; ‘Dredd 3D’ Dreadful On Very Soft Weekend
SUNDAY PM UPDATE: That’s the pecking order before Monday actuals, according to my sources. This was one of those weekends which can only be described as box office hell for me. Because the three top pics were neck-and-neck for #1 this weekend. Final film order came down to Sunday late shows on the West Coast with Open Road’s End Of Watch easily placing #1 with $13+M. There’s still a battle for 2nd place after Relativity’s The House At The End of The Street came in way under their estimate, while Warner Bros’ Trouble With The Curve came in a little below their estimate as well. Lionsgate’s Dredd still did dreadful. All four newcomers are low- to medium-budget movies, but none opened to more than $13+M this very soft weekend. And total filmgoing likely won’t add up to a lot more than $88M, which is down a big -25% from last year. “It’s a close race to mediocrity with no winners,” one movie exec snarked to me.
Open Road Films has put up this R-rated trailer for writer-director David Ayer’s End Of Watch, which looks at the workday activities of two L.A. cops — Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena — from the perspective of various hand-held, dashboard and security cameras. Co-starring Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn and America Ferrera, it opens September 21st:
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.
Open Road Films‘ End of Watch turned out to be a cop movie shot from a sort of “found footage” perspective while not actually resorting to that now-tiresome gag, and the Silent Hill sequel was pretty creepy and scary in 3D. End Of Watch director David Ayer opened the panel by saying the last time he was in San Diego, he was serving on a nuclear submarine. Via video, Jake Gyllenhaal introduced some clips, one of which was an uninterrupted shot from an in-car camera as the movie’s two cops (Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena) chase a perp’s car, then get out and make the bust. A more conventionally edited scene had the two buddies cracking racial jokes at each other, with Gyllenhaal imagining a nagging Mexican wife and Pena imagining a boring white wife who likes flavored coffee. A third scene was a nightmarish POV thing with Gyllenhaal rescuing someone from a burning house – very tight camera, heavy heartbeats and sound distortion on the soundtrack, ending with subjective POV shot of being treated by firemen for smoke inhalation. <!–more–>Ayer emphasized the realism of the movie – said he showed it to cops and they liked it, the training he put his actors through (Pena said he had gotten badly overweight, like …
Luke Y. Thompson contributes to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con. This year’s event runs July 12-15.
Over the years, we’ve seen Comic-Con evolve from showing presentations not just for comic-book movies and sci-fi, but also horror, action, and fantasy. It’s gotten to the point where you can’t rule anything out – but the studios probably should, because not everything plays. Lionsgate last year had a free screening of The Devil’s Double that very few attended – it was a good movie, but superhero fans don’t necessarily want their escapism ruined by a hard-R movie about Uday Hussein trying to brutally murder one of his own body doubles.
Open Road’s deal last month to distribute the cop drama written and directed by David Ayer included a 2,000-screen rollout, a minimum guarantee just north of $2 million and a $20 million P&A commitment. Now the distributor has set a release date for the film that stars Jake Gyllenhaal (who’s also executive producing), Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick: September 28, 2012. The movie, from Exclusive Media in association with Emmett/Furla Films, centers on a pair of LAPD cops (Gyllenhaal and Pena) and is told via footage from the handheld cameras of the officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, and citizens caught in the line of fire. Ayer’s Crave Films, John Lesher under his Le Grisbi Prods, and Nigel Sinclair and Matt Jackson of Exclusive Media are producers. Exclusive financed with Emmett/Furla Films.
BREAKING: Open Road is closing a deal for U.S. distribution rights to End Of Watch, the David Ayer-directed cop drama that stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick. I’m told that Open Road will release the film later this year. They’ve committed to a 2,000-screen run, with a minimum guarantee just north of $2 million and a $20 million P&A commitment.