It was only a matter of time before someone budged on the weekend of August 3rd. Sony Pictures has their Colin Farrell-led remake of Total Recall, while Universal Pictures is going after similar territory with their action thriller The Bourne Legacy. And just two weeks prior, Warner Bros. will be hitting both (and all) audiences with The Dark Knight Rises.
It looks like Universal smartly folded, as they’ve pushed back director Tony Gilroy‘s entry into the series, starring the Oscar-nominated Jeremy Renner, It will now open now on August 10th, where it will now face easier competition with Will Ferrell‘s political comedy The Campaign and the Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell dramedy Hope Springs.
Another reason for the push is to leverage more marketing opportunities during the highly watched London Summer Olympic. There’s also news that the film went back for some reshoots just a few weeks ago, but that this has “nothing” to do with the move. Those reshoots did not include Gilroy, but were in fact just pickups involving second unit director and stunt coordinator Dan Bradley. So, in other words nothing compared to the extensive reshoots like the first Bourne.
And secondly, instead of a rumored fall 2013 release date, the next film from the director of the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films, Niels Arden Oplev, is arriving on April 5th, 2013, where it will face off against Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy‘s upcoming comedy. Written by J.H. Wyman, Dead Man Down sees Colin Farrell play Victor, a former criminal aide who seeks vengeance on Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard) a criminal overlord who helped orchestrate the death of his family. Noomi Rapace, who re-teams with the director, enters the swing of things as Beatrice, a woman blackmailing Victor for his services. Check out the first pic of that film below. [Deadline]
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