All You Suckas Gather 'Round, There's a New Movie Coming to Town
Essentially, it's a little more evidence to suggest that studios are more interested in the bottom line than they are in prestige, particularly given how little prestige an Oscar nomination actually affords a film these days.
The bad news: We'll have to wait another several months to see Shutter Island. The good news: Zombieland is moving up a week to fill its spot. I was actually excited about that, because it meant that it wouldn't be up against Whip It, and I kind of realy want to see both movies. But, of course, Whip It also moved back to the same week, and both will be competing against the re-release of Toy Story 1 and 2, which also leaves October 9th all to the pretty awful looking Couples Retreat starring Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman, and Jon Favreau.
But wait! There's more: Wes Anderson's The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which had originally planned to open wide on Thanksgiving, will now be giving a limited release two weeks earlier, which suggests they have enough confidence in the movie that the limited release will help build buzz towards the wide open.
Meanwhile, that Michael Jackson movie comprised mostly of the rehearsal footage from the days leading up to his death is getting seriously fast-tracked. It will open on October 28th. They're really not wasting any time in putting that together.
Elsewhere, I heard somewhere (I forget, honestly) that Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans finally gets a release date: November 20th. I expect it will be a limited release only.
And just for the hell of it, let's look ahead to May 2010, the start of the next summer blockbuster season, and see what we have in store: It kicks off with Iron Man 2, followed the next week by Ridley Scott's Robin Hood film starring Russell Crowe. The week after that, it's Shrek Forever and May ends with a face off between Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Sex and the City 2. Good times.
Finally, one last note: Black Dynamite, which looks like a movie tailor-made for a trailer (and perhaps not much else) will be released in October. Let's take another gander at the trailer, because, well, it's awesome: