Screenwriter Jason Hall makes his directorial debut this year with Thank You For Your Service, a film based on the 2013 book of the same name by journalist David Finkel. The film tells the story of a group of American soldiers struggling to adjust to life back at home after their time in Iraq, and will touch on tough subjects like post-traumatic stress disorder. The film features an ensemble cast with several big names, including Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith, with Jason Hall also penning the script.
Now, Thank You For Your Service has been given an official release date for the fall, just in time for awards season.
Universal announced that they will be releasing the DreamWorks film on Friday, October 27th of this year. So far, two other films have been announced for that date: Paramount's Cloverfield film and Lionsgate's Saw movie.
The film is being compared to 2014's American Sniper, which won one Oscar and was nominated for five more. This choice of release date suggests that Thank You For Your Service will be aiming for a similar awards season sweep. Films released in the fall are often positioned to garner the most attention immediately before the start of awards season, although there are plenty of other films released at this time that are not angling for any statuettes (such as Saw and Cloverfield).
With a star-studded cast and a successful book as the basis for the film, there is little doubt that it will do well in the same way that American Sniper did, especially with Hall's experience as writer and producer on that same film. We'll definitely be interested to see how actors like Schumer, who is much better known for her comedic performances (and is also a stand up comedian), will work in a film as tense and gritty as this one promises to be. It could also be another great role for star Teller, who has unfortunately had some bad luck with previous franchise roles, with Fantastic Four turning out to be a critical flop, and the Divergent franchise performing so poorly that the final installment will not be a theatrical release. We have high hopes for Thank You For Your Service, however, which now looks poised to be a big name by awards season.
Thank You For Your Service will hit theaters Friday, October 27, 2017.