Fox has set new release dates for director Drew Goddard's Bad Times at the El Royale and Joe Wright's The Woman in the Window. Both Goddard and Wright are going dark with their latest films, with Bad Times serving as Goddard's long awaited followup to his cult hit horror/comedy debut The Cabin in the Woods. Meanwhile, Wright is coming off directing last year's WWII drama Darkest Hour, which snagged Oscars for Gary Oldman's performance and the makeup/hairstyling that transformed him into Winston Churchill.
Bad Times remains set to open in theaters this October, but will arrive a week later than previously scheduled. Meanwhile, Woman in the Window is now slated to reach theaters just under a year after Bad Times, putting it in a position to serve as 2019's own Gone Girl and/or The Girl on the Train (read: the next best-selling psychological thriller book turned hit October movie).
According to Deadline, Fox has shifted Bad Times back a week this fall to October 12, rather than October 5. The noir mystery takes place in the 1960s and features an all-star cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Russell Crowe, Jon Hamm, and Jeff Bridges, among others. Goddard's movie is now set to open at the box office against Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong film First Man, Sony's R.L. Stine sequel Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween, and the Timothée Chalamet true story-based drama Beautiful Boy.
Deadline reports that Fox has also set Woman in the Window to arrive on October 4, 2019. Adapted from A.J. Finn's newly-published novel by actor/writer Tracy Letts (Bug, Killer Joe), the film stars Amy Adams as Anna Fox: an agoraphobic child psychologist whose life is upended after she sees (or thinks she sees) her neighbors commit a crime. For the time being, Woman in the Window's opening weekend competition includes Ang Lee's sci-fi assassin thriller Gemini Man and an untitled live-action Disney fairy tale film.
Bad Times and Woman in the Window both sound promising at the moment. The Bad Times trailer paints the movie as being intriguingly creepy, with shades of Cabin in the Woods and Coen Brothers noir thrillers like Blood Simple. Similarly, the talent involved with Woman in the Window alone is exciting, as is the news that Wright is returning to genre fare after his venture into Oscar bait territory with Darkest Hour. Who knows - this Rear Window-esque mystery could even become the movie that finally lands Adams an Oscar for her acting, if all goes well.