While the year 2015 promises to be one for the blockbuster record books (Star Wars: Episode VII, Batman Vs. Superman, Avengers 2, Jurassic World, Mad Max 4, Terminator 5, Ant-Man, and more), 2014 has plenty of memorable releases in store as well, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and Transformers 4.
With all these high profile projects fighting for the moviegoer’s attention, many small releases are certain to get lost in the mix. Of those, however, the successfully fan-rebooted movie version of the gone-too-soon TV detective series Veronica Mars is likely to stay in the public eye. The show’s creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell backed a Kickstarter campaign which broke all kinds of records, one of which saw the project meeting its $2 million budget goal in less than 10 hours.
Now, it’s official: Veronica Mars will hit theaters on March 14th, 2014, and it’s getting a much wider release than was initially planned. That month will see the beginning of the major blockbuster releases of the year (excepting February’s RoboCop), with 300: Rise of an Empire on March 7, and Darren Aronofsky’s Russell Crowe-starring Bible epic Noah later in the month.
Veronica Mars has direct competition that weekend in the form of video game adaptation Need For Speed starring Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul – who, incidentally, once starred in an episode of Veronica Mars – and Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club.
Director Tarsem Singh is best-known for a series of visually-impressive sci-fi and fantasy films, like 2000’s The Cell with Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn. He has seen a run of box-office successes with the Henry Cavill-starring Immortals in 2011 and 2012’s re-imagined Snow White film Mirror Mirror, and is attached to direct a sci-fi thriller called The Panopticon.
That film will be preceded by another science fiction project, Selfless, which stars Ryan Reynolds and follows a very rich man who has his consciousness transferred into the body of a young man. Selfless was originally slated for release in September 2014, but according to Deadline, the release date has been shifted to February 27th, 2015, presumably due to the acquisition of FilmDistrict by Focus Features, which appears to have thrown part of its development slate into disarray.
While Veronica Mars faces some films that are specifically targeted to certain demographics (as well as Grace of Monaco with Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly), it has a chance of winning its opening weekend, with the overall success of its run depending on word of mouth.
The shifting of Selfless – a movie which as of this writing is still filming – might be a signal of confidence from the studio. Placing anything at all that close to the beginning of one of the biggest blockbuster summers in history is bold, and while February 2015 will be the month of Fifty Shades of Grey, this could be a show of Focus’ faith in Selfless – and Ryan Reynolds could kind of use a hit (R.I.P.D., anyone?).
Veronica Mars will hit theaters on March 14th, 2014. Selfless will be released on February 27th, 2015.
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