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Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’ Sets Release Date; ‘Grudge Match’ and ‘Ghosts’ Find Spots

Written by on January 23, 2013 

Never one to break his own lightning-fast work rate, Ridley Scott will have an entry very different from Prometheus in theaters just under a year-and-a-half later. Now finished with production, his Cormac McCarthy-penned drama, The Counselor, has been slated by Fox to stride into theaters on the prime release date of November 15th. Right as awards season really heats up, but before the December deluge that a smaller, possibly more esoteric film of this nature could so easily get buried in. [BoxOfficeMojo]

It could make a killing at the box office, too. Michael Fassbender stars as a counselor who gets himself into a world of trouble after entering the drug trade, coming in contact with some strange characters (Brad Pitt) and outright villainous types (Javier Bardem) as things only get worse and worse. The rest, though classic McCarthy work, is unlike anything Scott has made since Black Rain, perhaps – and the melding of these two should be nothing less than fascinating.

Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer, and Goran Višnjić also star in The Counselor.

Some other, smaller release news has come in from BoxOfficeMojo, the closest dealing with Grudge Match. As has been reported, Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro will put back on their boxing gloves, this time for Peter Segal, and face off in the ring after several jokes concerning old age are cracked by the whole cast. (Probably before a few more.) Expect that to (har har) hit on November 15th, too, leaving one with a pretty clear choice as to what should be seen that day.

Grudge Match also features Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Kevin Hart, and Jon Bernthal.

Finally, there’s word of a project with the ominous, tentative title of Ghosts (ghosts!) coming on January 10th, 2014. We had been getting news on this one last spring, when it was called Jessabelle; the title’s changed, but the same talent are in tow. Kevin Greutert (Saw VI and VII) is directing from a script by Reno 911! co-creator Robert Ben Garant, while also working with the likes of Mark Webber, Sarah Snook, and Joelle Carter. The scribe’s first horror work, depending on how you look at his family comedy fare, it centers on “Jessie (Snook), who returns to her father’s Louisiana home after an accident robs her of the use of her legs. Once there, she must confront an enraged ghost.”

Grouping the tile, release date, and it being produced by Paranormal Activity and Insidious backer Jason Blum, he of Blumhouse Productions, should be enough of an indicator.

Do you see Scott’s new film doing well in the middle of November? Are there any personal thoughts on the other two movies?

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