Release Update on Milo Ventimiglia's Pathology
by Alex Billington
February 19, 2008
At Comic-Con last year we were shown the first trailer for the Milo Ventimiglia thriller Pathology. The trailer eventually debuted online (watch it here) and the movie was supposed to be out in theaters at the end of November, but it was moved to February. Now that we're in February, we still haven't heard anything and now the movie has been moved to another unannounced date sometime in 2008. I'm a bit concerned, both that this means there might be problems with the movie or problems with the distributor, but we finally have an update from Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
While Mark and Brian didn't direct Pathology, they did write the film and produce it, so they're very heavily involved. Over at our friend John's site The Movie Blog, Mark and Brian joined in on their weekly podcast and spoke briefly about the status of Pathology. From what it seems, this is another case of the distributor being problematic and not giving the film the marketing, exposure, and support it deserves.
Brian: "We don't have a date for it right now because we weren't happy with the situation, where it was going to come out, how it was going to be released, so we're rethinking…"
Mark: "But we're way psyched on the movie. Milo loves it. We love it. It's going to kick ass. We can't wait for people to see it, we just need to figure that out."
Mark and Brian definitely know what they're doing and I trust that they are doing the right thing to make sure Pathology is handled correctly. They do confirm that it will eventually get a theatrical release "hopefully within the next couple months." I'm very glad that these guys are behind it this much. Most filmmakers, even when they're just producers or writers or directors, give up on a film once a studio has control of it. It sounds like Mark and Brian really love this movie and don't want MGM, who is distributing it, just to cover it up and let it die in a boring release.
After first seeing the trailer for Pathology, I've been very excited to eventually watch it. While it's not at the top of my list of highly anticipated movies this year, it is one of those hidden gems that I'm hoping is just incredible. It looks like it will deliver quite a thrill and I'm confident enough in Milo Ventimiglia that I think this could be one of those sneaky ones that will end up on 2008's "Best Movies You Didn't See". We'll make sure to let you know when they do set a release date.