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There may not be an official title, and fans might be worried as hell about the recent game of musical chairs played by (former) writer Michael Arndt, director J.J. Abrams and original saga writer Lawrence Kasdan, but Disney has finally given us an official release date for Star Wars: Episode VII. The continuation of the iconic sci-fi saga created by George Lucas will hit theaters everywhere on December 18th 2015. It's not mentioned whether the film will be released in 3D or IMAX formats, but that seems like a no-brainer that we'll hear about sometime down the road. Now if we could just lock down a cast and some story details.
There isn't any major breaking news here, but we do have something exciting to report. Hidden in the latest shooting update posted on THR (via SlashFilm) is mention that Guillermo del Toro's new gothic horror project Crimson Peak will be aiming for release in April 2015, or Spring of 2015. The Legendary Pictures produced project will be shooting for four months starting February 2014 next year, mostly at the Pinewood Studios location in Toronto. That should give them enough time to shoot and head into post-production to make the Spring 2015 release, meaning the next Guillermo del Toro-directed movie is just 20 months away.
Briefly: Along with news that Martin Scorsese and his editor Thelma Schoonmaker had to meet a November 25th deadline to finish The Wolf of Wall Street (which meant the film wouldn't meet the initial November 15th release date) in time for release on Christmas Day, we heard that would likely cause Paramount Pictures to delay their action tentpole Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Chris Pine. Now that has been confirmed as Paramount and Skydance Productions have pushed the film from its initial Christmas release to January 17th, 2014, which is the exact date mentioned when this news firstsurfaced. The good news is the film is getting an IMAX release when it hits theaters though. Watch the first trailer here!
Briefly: After news broke yesterday that George Clooney's WWII ensemble The Monuments Men (trailer) wouldn't be ready in time for its December release, Sony/Columbia Pictures has rescheduled the movie for a February 7th, 2014 release instead. Clooney was quoted saying the effects wouldn't be done in time and they didn't want to release a half-finished film. To fit Monuments Men into that February slot, they had to push back José Padilha's RoboCop remake (trailer) from the 7th to the 12th. It will now open on February 12th, 2014, the Wednesday before Valentine's Day (Friday the 14th). In related news, David O. Russell's American Hustle will open in wide release on December 18th after starting limited the 13th. Stay tuned.
Release date shuffling continues. Surprising news to end the day today, as LA Times is reporting with quotes direct from George Clooney himself that The Monuments Men is being delayed from December to early 2014. Clooney, who directed, produced and stars in the film, reveals that the visual effects weren't finished and "we just didn't have enough time" to make the original December 18th release date. They didn't want to rush or push it out with half-finished effects, so they made the tough call. Sony Pictures, distributing in the US, will likely reschedule for February 2014, but no new date is set. A few more Clooney quotes below.
Fans of Martin Scorsese had their year rattled a bit when news surfaced that Paramount Pictures might have to delay his forthcoming film The Wolf of Wall Street from the November 15th release date to sometime in December. However, there was a chance that if the film wasn't done in time, it could end up being pushed to 2014, which was even more worrisome. Now Showbiz 411 reports that Scorsese and his editor Thelma Schoonmaker are hard at work on cutting the film (the initial cut was around three hours) for a release on Christmas Day this year with a new deadline to have the film completed by November 25th.
We've gotten a first look at the adaptation of the hit young adult novel The Maze Runner, but a trailer has yet to see the light of day. We'll likely be waiting a bit longer now since director Wes Ball revealed on Twitter that the film has been pushed back from the initial February 14th, 2014 release date to fall later in the same year. The director wrote, "Good news and bad news y'all. Bad news, you have to wait a bit longer. Good news, the movie and marketing can be the best it can be now." Honestly, this seems like good news, since the release date earlier in the year is usually in the dumping ground for studios' less stellar projects.
Briefly: Just last month, a casual Twitter response from Seth MacFarlane resulted in news that the sequel to his 2012 summer comedy hit Ted would arrive in April of 2015. At the time, MacFarlane said, "We're aiming for a 2015 Passover release date," and Universal confirmed with an April 3rd, 2015 release date. Now the studio has changed their mind and slated Ted 2 for release in the summer again on June 26th, 2015. The film did just fine last summer, but 2015 is pretty crowded, and the new Terminator film will arrive just a few days later on July 1st, so hopefully the comedy sequel has legs. Stay tuned for more.
Briefly: It's official. Legendary & Universal Pictures have announced a 2015 release date for the upcoming World of Warcraft movie being directed by Duncan Jones (of Moon and Source Code). The movie, titled simply Warcraft, will arrive in theaters on December 18th, 2015 - no other major movies are scheduled for that December yet (however the last two Hobbit movies arrive on that weekend in 2013 and 2014). As we reported previously, casting is now underway (expect more news soon) and shooting begins early 2014. An early PVP sequence was shown at Comic-Con this summer, but specific story details are still unknown. The script is by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, Seventh Son) and Blizzard is intimately involved. Stay tuned.
Just recently, The Weinstein Company moved their biopic Grace of Monaco out of Oscar contention with the intention of moving the film to the spring of 2014 because the film wasn't going to be finished in time for the original release. Now Box Office Mojo has learned the film is getting a mostly unfortunately release date of March 14th, 2014 (against Need for Speed), which likely means it will be forgotten by the time awards season rolls around later in the year. But if anyone can get Academy members to remember the film, it's master of publicity Harvey Weinstein, so maybe the film shouldn't be counted out of the race just yet.
There's a lot of release date shuffling going on with this year's potential Oscar contenders. Grace of Monaco just recently got pushed back to spring 2014, and Paramount Pictures will have to delay The Wolf of Wall Street, possibly until 2014 as well. Now one more awards contender bites the dust as Deadline reports Sony Pictures Classics has moved Bennett Miller's new drama Foxcatcher (which just debuted a trailer) from the planned December release to sometime in 2014. Supposedly the filmmakers need more time to finish to film, which means the big premiere slated for AFI Fest in November has now been canceled. More below!
Before the first trailer for Martin Scorsese's newest film The Wolf of Wall Street arrived, the film was already on the list of my most anticipated films of the year. Then after seeing the trailer, the Leonardo DiCaprio led film was definitely on our list of 21 movies we were still excited to see in the second half of 2013. But now, there's a chance we might have to wait even longer to see the promising adaptation of Jordan Belfort's book which chronicles the man's wild real life endeavors including drugs, sex, and globe-trotting, and a binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab.
Briefly: Surprising release date change for a film many pundits thought might be a strong Oscar contender this year. Well, not so much anymore. Reported via THR, The Weinstein Company has delayed the release of Olivier Dahan's relationship drama Grace of Monaco (watch the first teaser trailer) from its original late November 2013 date until spring 2014 (a new date has not been set yet). Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly having a crisis of marriage and identity during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle. With this gaudy period piece out of the way, that late November slot is now perfect for The Weinstein Company to schedule Snowpiercer or The Immigrant instead. Make it so, Harvey!
Briefly: It's happening. It's actually happening. The upcoming adaptation of the beloved book The Giver, which almost everyone probably read in school at some point, is now set for a release late next summer. Via Box Office Mojo on twitter, The Weinstein Company has set an August 15th, 2014 release for The Giver, which will be directed by Phillip Noyce (though that could change). Jeff Bridges, who is also producing the adaptation, will star as the Giver. He meets with Jonas (being played by Brenton Thwaites), the dystopian community's Receiver of Memories, who learns to confront and understand the lies that inform the society. Meryl Streep will star as the Chief Elder. Casting is finishing as they head into production later this year.