WB Shifts 'Gravity' to 2013, 'Gangster Squad' Now Set for September
Now they know what they've got on their hands. After a recent test screening in Los Angeles of Alfonso Cuarón's new sci-fi Gravity (which result in a few leaked early reviews), Warner Bros has moved the film off the 2012 release schedule and into 2013 instead. No new date is set yet, but BoxOfficeMojo and Deadline both confirm it's no longer arriving in November at Thanksgiving this year, as originally scheduled. Damn - this is one I was very excited about! Additionally, WB has now given Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad, which just debuted its trailer, an official release date in September - a rather fast opening after the trailer.
The big WB has now set Gangster Squad, which stars Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone and Josh Brolin, for release on September 7th later this year. That means it's playing against The Cold Light of Day right after John Hillcoat's Lawless opens the week before. Good spot, I think it'll do well, and I think it looks badass, I can't wait to see it. Warner Bros also slightly shifted Beautiful Creatures, their forthcoming adaptation, up two days to open on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 (the day before Valentine's Day), instead of its original Friday opening that week. See the 2013 release schedule for more.
As for Gravity, my interpretation on this shift is that they got the responses from the test screening they needed and decided it would be better off somewhere besides this fall. November, and the 2012 fall/winter movie season, is already very crowded and I'm sure a slow-burn but visually spectacular sci-fi starring mostly Sandra Bullock would do better when it has time to breath. Cuarón's last film, Children of Men, was completely mishandled in its quiet release and I hope they're giving this the attention it deserves and the best opening it can possibly get. We'll let you know once they set the real date in 2013 for Cuaron's Gravity.