Bad Film News…..
Warner Bros has changed the release date for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Originally slated for a November 21st, 2012 release, the film has been moved to unspecific date in 2013. Film Stage believes that the film has been delayed due to special effects work, which could be very true. Jeffrey Wells offers another hypothesis: a lack of IMAX and 3D screens in November and December.
One has to assume the new James Bond film, Skyfall and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit will dominate IMAX theaters in November and December. Not to mention, Gravity, a more adult film would have to compete with the likes of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and family friendly films.
Most recently Universal moved the Keanu Reeves 3D samurai film 47 Ronin from a November release to February 2013 for presumably the same reason. Not enough theaters/tough market. The pessimist that lives in each film fan wants to take this news as a sign of no confidence from the studio. They shouldn’t. Yes, studios know that they’re going to lose money on some films, but we, as the audience just can’t throw our hands up and assume that a film is garbage because a release date is changed or there’s delays. This is how we killed John Carter before we even gave it a chance. Let’s just relax and wait for the film’s release and remember that North American box office returns aren’t as important as foreign markets.
If there’s a silver lining to this story, Warner Bros has moved up the release of Gangster Squad to early September.