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‘Seven Pyschopaths’ Goes Wide One Month Earlier as ‘Gambit’ Is Pushed Back; Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer’ Dated

Written by on August 3, 2012 

One of this Friday’s more pleasant updates has slipped from BoxOfficeMojo, who report that Martin McDonagh‘s much-anticipated In Bruges follow-up, Seven Psychopaths, will not only be coming one month earlier — moving from November 2nd to October 12th — but is also going wide from the outset.

Given the cast and, from what I can gather, rollicking tone, it’s a little odd that CBS Films planned a small start on the picture — but I’ll take this rather gladly. (Their shift also puts the theatrical opening just over a month after its forthcoming TIFF premiere.) In the film, Colin Farrell stars as a screenwriter whose creative plans are sabotaged when a friend (Sam Rockwell) and his co-hort (Christopher Walken) get caught in a dog-kidnapping kerfuffle with a ruthless mobster (Woody Harrelson). All of that, and more, from the man who made one of the current era’s more wry comedies. Like you need something else?

Less promising is another CBS shift, in which the studio has decided to move the Coen brothers-scripted Gambit from the now-taken October 12th to early 2013 — after it had already been set for January 11th, 2013 — so maybe it’ll just revert to that spot. I’d hope this is an accommodation of sorts for Psychopaths, given the appeal of Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Stanley Tucci, and Alan Rickman in a heist movie written by two of my favorite filmmakers; Michael Hoffman might even do something good as a director, for all I know.

Finally, Jeff Sneider tweets that Sony will release The Equalizer on April 11th, 2014. The film — intended to be a franchise-starter for Denzel Washingtonstars the talent as “a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized.”

Production on The Equalizer doesn’t start until next year, and the studio is already looking at Nicolas Winding Refn, Gareth Evans, Pierre Morel, and Gavin O’Connor as potential helmers. We should know what happens there in a short while.

Are you pleased with the Seven Psychopaths news? How about Gambit and The Equalizer?

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