Warner Bros today said that it will release the Clint Eastwood biopic J Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench and Armie Hammer, sometime in October. The studio also said it will bow Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close sometime in December; that drama stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Exact dates have not been announced. The news does ensure that both films will be on screens right in the middle of awards season.
Warner Bros Eyes October Release For ‘J Edgar’, December Bow For ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’
The first of the Peter Jackson-directed installments will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Warner Bros will release the film Dec. 14, 2012. The second installment, The Hobbit: There And Back Again, will be released a year later, on Dec. 13, 2013. The films revolve around the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), and his efforts to thwart the fearsome dragon Smaug. I’d heard way back when that Jackson was eyeing Bill Nighy to provide the voice of the dragon, but Jackson hasn’t yet announced who he got, and I’m told the whole thing is being kept under lockdown. Jackson has brought back from The Lord of the Rings such cast members as Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee and Hugo Weaving.
The other unanswered question is, since Jackson is shooting the Hobbit films in 3D, will New Line owner Warner Bros convert the original LOTR franchise into 3D format? Despite the recent indications that audiences are tiring of forking over extra money for 3D conversions on films that seem just as palatable in 2D, seeing Middle Earth in 3D through that classic trilogy seems like an event that many would feel is worth an extra couple of bucks. It would give the trilogy a new theatrical and ancillary life. It seems inevitable, though it might be a ways down the line.
Disney will release a 3D version of its classic 1994 animated blockbuster The Lion King on Sept. 16, 2011, the studio announced today. It follows the trend of high-profile library fare getting extra-dimensional face-lifts (the studio upgraded its first two Toy Story films ahead of Toy Story 3), the latest being Fox’s recent announcement that it will present Titanic in 3D on April 6, 2012.
Disney also said today that its 3D John Carter Of Mars has a new title: John Carter. The release date for the sci-fi actioner starring Taylor Kitsch remains March 9, 2012.
BREAKING: Relativity Media has struck back in the ongoing competition of Snow White movies. Ryan Kavanaugh’s film shingle has pushed up its untitled Snow White project to March 16, 2012, from June 29. This comes days after Universal moved Snow White and the Huntsman up six months to June 1. I’m not sure that Uni can push forward any further. After all, you have to make the movie before you can release it. Relativity’s movie has Tarsem Singh directing Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer, while Universal has Rupert Sanders directing Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. Will both of these pictures actually make it into production under such high stakes? It sure looks that way. The one saving grace is that Universal’s film has a darker Alice in Wonderland tone, while Relativity’s seems to be an unabashed family film.
This is just one of three pictures that Relativity has dated in moves that seem to be geared directly toward this competition against Universal, the studio with which Kavanaugh had a long slate-financing relationship.
Warner Bros will release Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows on May 11, 2012, and the Will Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis starrer Rivals on Aug. 10, 2012, the studio announced today. Dark Shadows, based on the cult TV series, stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green and Jackie Earle Haley. Rivals, directed by Jay Roach, centers on the rivalry between a pair of political candidates.
The studio also has found a release date for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: Jan. 27, 2012. It originally was slated for “sometime in 2012.” Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens star in the family adventure, the sequel to the 2008 hit.
Summit Entertainment announced today that said its action thriller The Cold Light of Day, starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, will open wide April 6, 2012. Intrepid principals Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce, and Steven Zaillian, Kevin Mann, Matthew Perniciaro and Scott Wiper will executive produce. Spanish producer Galavis Film will co-produce, and Galavis principal Jesus Martinez also will exec produce.
The distributor also said its Amanda Seyfried-starring thriller Gone has been slated for wide release on Feb. 24, 2012. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing with Sidney Kimmel; Chris Salvaterra and Dan Abrams also will produce.
Relativity Media announced today that it will release its Untitled Raven Project, directed by James McTeigue and starring John Cusack, on March 9, 2012. The thriller stars Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, who joins with a Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a serial killer using Poe’s works as the basis for a string of brutal murders. Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans are producing for Intrepid Pictures alongside Aaron Ryder for FilmNation Entertainment, who brought the project to Intrepid. Galavis Films’ Jesus Martinez is executive producing.
Meanwhile, the company’s Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Comedy is slated for April 13, 2012. The film stars a large ensemble that includes Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Seann William Scott, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman and Halle Berry in a series of interconnected stories. Peter Farrelly, Charles Wessler, GreeneStreet Films’ John Penotti and Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh are producing. Executive producers are Tim Williams of GreeneStreet Films and Tucker Tooley of Relativity Media. Co-producers are Tom Gormican and Marc Ambrose. Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko also serve as associate producers.
Relativity already has slated its thriller House at the End of the Street for Feb. 3, 2012.
Summit Entertainment’s Man on a Ledge, which stars Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks and is directed by Asger Leth, has been slated for wide release Jan. 13, 2012. Worthington plays an ex-cop and wanted fugitive who threatens to jump off a New York high-rise, and Banks is the hostage negotiator who tries to talk him down.
Warner Bros has shifted its 3D sequel Final Destination 5 to Aug. 12, 2011, up from its original Aug. 26 date.
Disney said today that it is moving release dates for a pair of 3D animated films. Its Pixar prequel Monsters University is moving back, from Nov. 2, 2012 to June 21, 2013. To fill that spot, the studio is moving up Reboot Ralph from March 22, 2013.
Our Idiot Brother (formerly titled My Idiot Brother) a recent Sundance acquisition, will debut in theaters in wide release on Aug. 26, 2011.
I Don’t Know How She Does It, a Weinstein Co production which just wrapped at the end of February, is set for Sept. 16, 2011, wide.
Apollo 18, a Dimension title formerly set for April 22, 2011, has been moved to Jan. 6, 2012.
Piranha 3DD, a Dimension title formerly dated Sept. 16, 2011, is now set for release on Nov. 23, 2011.
Rock Of Ages starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige and directed by Adam Shankman will be released on 06/01/12
Jack The Giant Killer starring Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor and directed by Bryan Singer will be released on 06/15/12
20th Century Fox, which had moved the James Franco starrer Rise of the Apes from a June slot to the fall, has moved the Planet of the Apes prequel to Aug. 5. The studio also moved the Jonah Hill comedy The Sitter to Dec. 9.