'The Grey' May Come Back to Theaters in October for an Oscar Run
While it's a bit odd to be talking about a re-release nine months away days before the movie is even released in theaters to begin with, I don't mind, because this is exactly what I wanted to hear. Joe Carnahan's The Grey arrives in theaters this weekend, and it's easily one of the best films of the first half of this year, I've seen it twice and it's fantastic. More importantly, not only does the script deserve plenty of acclaim, but so does Liam Neeson, who gives an phenomenal performance. It's being theoretically "dumped" in January, even though I think it could be a huge breakout hit, but Carnahan says they might re-release it in October.
One of the many sites that interviewed Carnahan recently was The Playlist, and the last question they asked was regarding the January release date. "If we'd been able to launch in Toronto, which was our initial plan, but we wound up six weeks behind because of effects," Carnahan explains. So since they missed the Toronto Film Festival last year, it's being released this month anyway, but will it get lost in the mix and be forgotten about by the end of the year when the 2013 Oscar race starts up again? Potentially (hopefully not), but that's when Carnahan says they're already planning an October re-release for an Oscar qualifying run. He says:
"Let's ignore the fact that everybody says January's a dumping ground. They make too many movies these days for any one month to be a dumping ground. Obviously Taken was a January release for Liam that did quite well. Honestly, it's nice to even be mentioned, the idea that people even think it's awards-worthy. That's flattering. Open Road has said flat out and sort of scrawled it in blood that they're going to release the film in October 2012 for a qualifying run, which is great.”
That is great, indeed. Even better because I do think Neeson deserves awards acclaim, and I hope he gets plenty even another 10 to 12 months from now. That's the problem with releasing in January, even if it is a great film, everyone will have moved on and forgotten about it by the time we hit the summer. Which is also exactly why I was hoping they'd do something like this, and it's great to know it's coming without having to wait until September to hear about it. I just hope Open Road Films holds true this, no matter how well (or how poorly) it fares at the box office this weekend, because it's an outstanding movie and one that deserves to get awards later this year. Be sure to go see The Grey in theaters first this opening weekend - it's worth it!