August 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm #107225
Does anybody have any word on this film? It seems to be falling under the radar at festivals and does not yet have a trailer or release date.August 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm #107227
I’m certain the big late summer and fall fests are all over this film. If it doesn’t show, it’s because Sony won’t have it ready or prefer other ways of premiering it.
It, like American Hustle (and Zero Dark 30 last year) is a Megan Ellison/Annapurna produced film that Sony is releasing. It is possible they might decide to wait until next year, or possibly just go limited to qualify, then go wider in January. Decisions like that are often made when a studio has a print delivered.
Sony also has Monuments Men at the end of the year, which might be another reason not to go this year, or go more than limited initially.August 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm #107228
Maybe they are also leaving it for next year entirely and focusing the Oscar season on other contenders? It wouldn’t be the first time this happens. Maybe they just feel they could invest more in it moving to 2014.August 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm #107229
It sounds very baity, and delaying might mean waiting until Sundance (unlikely – big studios rarely go with big films there, because they release usually right away after a festival, no more than 2 months) or possibly Cannes – if they are interested (Sony has good connections there).
My guess is that it is still this year, but they do have other options.
That White House Down flopped like it did slightly tarnished Channing Tatum’s star; don’t know if that would enter as a factor.
Megan Ellison, still only 28, will have a big say in this. It’s her money that made the film. Sony will want to keep her happy.
The majors are good about recognizing the Oscars as a marketing tool, not an end in itself. The process costs them extra money. They often go along to make the creative team and cast happy. But if they think the film might do fine as a regular release early in 2014 away from the Oscars, they could push that button.August 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm #107230
Yes, I know, but this is very much the kind of film which the subject matter and tone would likely need Oscar support. Either that or make it s srping release where it would have the chance to build word of mouth? It seems like if the film isn’t finished yet, and with the season full of other films to compete with, that it might be better in the long run?August 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm #107231
As a sports film with the potential for young male interest (it’s more than that, but at its core this is its essence) it might be a viable film at a non-awards centric time of the year.
The way studios think is this, apart from pampering talent –
— if a film needs nominations to help business, go last quarter
— if a film is ok elsewhere but has a real chance to win one of the top 3, go last quarter
— if a film is viable on its own, and might get noms but not win, best to avoid last quarter
Going the last route hurts chances of nominations and all that, but it is an expensive business which adds to the cost of marketing a movie. Look at the business 42 did (clearly a range of different factors) as a spring film. And Harrison Ford might be the favorite to win supporting actor. 3 of the last 13 BP winners came from the first half of the year, so that’s not unheard of (remember most Academy members don’t see most of the movies released during the year until they get their screeners, so a May release that comes out on DVD and screener in October is new to them).August 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm #107232
IT IS COMING OUT THIS YEAR!
Sony Pictures Classics is releasing it on December 20thAugust 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm #107233
So… how will the film be campaigned?
I read the script and Tatum was the lead actor… the dynamic between Tatum/Carell was a bit like Damon/Williams in Good Will Hunting. Will Carell go supporting? What about Ruffalo?August 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm #107234
Sony Classics handled director Bennett Miller’s earlier Capote.August 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm #107235
Yay for a release date!! I’m quite looking forward to this one, especially Steve Carell. I quite liked Bennette Miller’s previous works Capote and Moneyball, the latter of which I had no interest in watching but came out more interested in baseball than ever.August 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm #107236
Fantastic! Really looking forward to the film now.
By the way, just how big of a part is Ruffalo supposed to have in the film?August 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm #107237
Ruffalo is definitely supporting. Carell may go supporting too. All I know is that Tatum is the film’s true lead, but if Carell dominates enough scenes, and has a really baity part (as I’ve heard he does), he could be pushed to lead. That being said, I’d love it if he shook up supporting and Tatum proves to be a surprise leading actor contender. I think I’m one of the few here who thinks he has it in him.August 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm #107238
First look at Steve Carell
Apparently he underwent a ‘physical transformation’.August 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm #107239
I look forward to see this for Channing Tatum. I don’t care about Carell.