Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby was shifted back to Summer 2013 last month, thus allowing more breathing room for this December’s releases. Universal has bumped Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables back 11 days to take Gatsby‘s place; hence, the Hugh Jackman musical will no longer be opening against The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – rather, it will square off against Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained instead (a wise decision, on Universal’s part).
Meanwhile, the Weinstein Company has pushed back Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly by a month (again), Lionsgate has re-positioned its comic book adaptation I, Frankenstein to the second half of 2013 – and Summit has settled on a date for Snitch, a dramatic action-thriller starring Dwayne “I’m Still the Rock” Johnson.
Killing Them Softly was going to arrive this week, before the Weinsteins moved it to October; now, it won’t be hitting theaters until the post-Thanksgiving weekend on November 30th. The film reunites Pitt with writer/director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James…), as well as a host of iconic screen mobsters like James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta playing – what else – members of the criminal underbelly.
Dominik’s film is his own artistic interpretation of the pulpy 1970s crime novel Cogan’s Trade, much like Jesse James is his impressionistic take on the western. That makes Killing Them Softly a dark horse contender for awards glory, given how Dominik’s work tends to catch on either strongly or hardly at all with people. As it stands, though, the film’s immediate competition for the drama crowd is coming from David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, since both open a week earlier.
I, Frankenstein had been set for a February date next year, but Lionsgate has now pushed it back to September 13th. The film stars Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Battle Los Angeles) as Frankenstein’s monster, who ends up caught between two warring semi-immortal clans. It’s based on a comic book written by Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux, with 30 Days of Night and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra co-writer Stuart Beattie directing.
Snitch has taken I, Frankenstein‘s former spot on February 22nd, 2013. Johnson stars as a blue-collar laborer who goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son after the latter is set up in a drug deal and sent to prison. The supporting cast is far from shabby, with Susan Sarandon, Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Joe Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Barry Pepper (True Grit), and Harold Perrineau (Lost) working under the direction of former stuntman-turned filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh (Felon).
Source: Box Office Mojo