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‘Cloud Atlas’ Gets Official Fall Date; Lionsgate Shifts Around Schedule

Posted by , on June 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm 

Sometimes, rumors are just plain old wrong. While it was alleged, last month, that the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer‘s Cloud Atlas would come the first weekend of December, Variety’s Andrew Stewart tweets that it’ll actually hit on October 26th. (A claim that it runs for 164 minutes are still tentative.) Dan Fellman, WB’s president of distribution, said this about the decision:

“Audiences who have seen an early screening of Cloud Atlas have been elated by its powerful and inspiring story, as well as its breathtaking visuals. An October release in North America is the perfect window to showcase this epic film.”

Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Bae Doona, and Jim Sturgess all star in the film, a take on David Mitchell‘s wild novel (about, I suppose, the nature of reincarnation) that covers huge amounts of time, locations, and even genres; all the actors will play people of different races and genders, to boot. No one’s been doing a better job of making it sound crazy than Grant, though Sarandon did drop the little bomb that she, at one point, will play an Indian Man. All of that, and plenty more, on October 26th.

A few small items of a similar nature have come from BoxOfficeMojo, where it’s said that Lionsgate have made a few adjustments to their own schedule. First, foremost, and most pessimistic, Kenny Ortega‘s Dirty Dancing reboot, a recently-troubled production, is now TBD; I suspect that one has lost its shot altogether. Rob Cohen‘s crime thriller, Alex Cross — starring Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, and a freakish-looking Matthew Fox — has moved from October 26th to October 19th.

Swapping with that is The Wedding, a comedy from Justin Zackham (writer of The Bucket List) that’s arriving on October 26th. The film centers on a long-divorced couple (De Niro and Keaton) who pretend to still be married when one of their children decide to tie the knot; Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, and Katherine Heigl also star.

Is October a good spot for Cloud Atlas? What do these recent date switches signify to you?


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