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DiCaprio’s ‘Gatsby’ Against ‘Django’ Next Christmas; ‘Take This Waltz’ Acquired By Magnolia for Spring 2012 Release

Written by on October 17, 2011 

2012 will be a great year for Leonardo DiCaprio: According to BoxOfficeMojo, The Great Gatsby will hit on Christmas day of that year, with Baz Luhrmann‘s F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation facing off with Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. Excellent news for him — for Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company, not so much.

It seems entirely likely that one will make the shift to a somewhat earlier or later date, although I’m betting one only goes earlier; judging by past history, a release past Christmas can be something of a concession to the Oscar race. HitFix points out that neither studio is likely to give up this date, but one might have to if they don’t want lose any money. And with DiCaprio playing major roles in both movies, it’s fair to assume that studios are expecting some cash to roll in. Add in what a crowded month December of 2012 is, and it’s going to be hard for one to shift. This could get interesting.

Great Gatsby at least has a big cast behind it, since the film is also led by Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher, and Joel Edgerton, along with several character actors. Then again, Django‘s no slouch, with Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and several others in front of the camera.

Landing a distributor is Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley‘s film that stars Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams. Magnolia will release the romantic drama “in all major U.S. markets by next summer,” reports IndieWIRE, with their flagship VOD service also making the movie available to more customers. While the general buzz on the movie has been good, our review from VIFF wasn’t so crazy about Polley‘s follow-up to the debut feature Away From Her. I’m still looking forward to seeing Williams and Rogen in paired up, though, as I find the combination of the two hard to resist.

In other release news, Norwegian Wood will finally, after what feels like forever, hit the United States next year. According to TOH, U.K. companies Soda Pictures and Red Flag Releasing will bring the adaptation of Haruki Murakami‘s beloved novel to theaters in January 2012, on VOD in the spring, and on home video in the middle of the year. Tran Anh Hung directs Kenichi Matsuyama and Rinko Kikuchi in the romance, which also has Jonny Greenwood working as the composer. It looks lovely, so I’ll keep an eye out for it come next year.

BoxOfficeMojo also informs us of some other release date announcements, these ones being changes. Most prominently, Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim will move from July 12th, 2013 to May 10th of the same year. No reasons are given for the adjustment, but it could be sign of confidence on the part of Warner Bros. — the shift will make it one of 2013’s first summer releases.

The Weinstein Company and Dimension are rearranging their upcoming horror selections a little bit, with The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes going from January 27th, 2012 to just 2012, a displacement that could land it several months ahead, or even just a few weeks down the road. They moved Apollo 18 from a similar spot throughout this year; that didn’t exactly pay off. Also landing in ambiguous territory is Piranha 3DD, the classy-titled sequel to 2010’s surprise hit Piranha 3D. Originally slated to come out on November 23rd, we’ll have to wait until 2012 to find out if the carnivorous fish are still as hungry as the first time around. I’m willing to bet they are.

Who do you think will move: Django or Gatsby? What are your thoughts on these acquisitions and changes?


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