Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Indiegogo Video: 'Dear White People' Breaks Domestic Box Office Record for a Crowdfunded Film Indiegogo Video: 'Dear White People' Breaks Domestic Box Office Record for a Crowdfunded Film Bring on the Racist Comments - Mehcad Brooks Cast to Play Jimmy Olsen in New 'Supergirl' Series Bring on the Racist Comments - Mehcad Brooks Cast to Play Jimmy Olsen in New 'Supergirl' Series These Films & TV Series Are Leaving Netflix's Streaming Library at the End of This Month (January) These Films & TV Series Are Leaving Netflix's Streaming Library at the End of This Month (January) Say Hello to the Cast of the All-New, All-Female 'Ghostsbusters' movie Say Hello to the Cast of the All-New, All-Female 'Ghostsbusters' movie Review: Nuance-Deprived "Race" Movie 'Black or White' is Actually About White Frustration (Opens Friday) Review: Nuance-Deprived "Race" Movie 'Black or White' is Actually About White Frustration (Opens Friday) Trailer: Musical Take on the Gospel According to John the Apostle w/ a Black Cast (Harry Lennix, Chaka Khan, Mali Music, More) Trailer: Musical Take on the Gospel According to John the Apostle w/ a Black Cast (Harry Lennix, Chaka Khan, Mali Music, More) ABC Picks Up New Pilot From Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland Titled 'The Catch' ABC Picks Up New Pilot From Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland Titled 'The Catch' First 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Trailer Surfaces! Watch It Now! First 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Trailer Surfaces! Watch It Now! Review: 'Girlhood's' Strength Lies in Its Naturalistic Depiction of Young Female Friendship (Opens Friday) Review: 'Girlhood's' Strength Lies in Its Naturalistic Depiction of Young Female Friendship (Opens Friday) Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Make It a Trifecta as They Re-Team for Katrina-Set Love Story/Murder Mystery Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Make It a Trifecta as They Re-Team for Katrina-Set Love Story/Murder Mystery Review: Lifetime's 'With This Ring' - So What Did You Think of It? Review: Lifetime's 'With This Ring' - So What Did You Think of It? Here Are 10 Reasons Why Many of You Aren't Going to Movie Theaters Anymore, According to a New Study Here Are 10 Reasons Why Many of You Aren't Going to Movie Theaters Anymore, According to a New Study 'Empire' Breaks Fox TV’s 22 Year Old Ratings Record 'Empire' Breaks Fox TV’s 22 Year Old Ratings Record An Open Letter to My Sister, Ava DuVernay An Open Letter to My Sister, Ava DuVernay 'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere) 'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere) Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka Yazz The Greatest) Will Have An Affair In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka Yazz The Greatest) Will Have An Affair In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' It's A 'Hustle & Flow' Reunion! Taraji P. Henson Joins Terrence Howard In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' It's A 'Hustle & Flow' Reunion! Taraji P. Henson Joins Terrence Howard In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Release Date For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Pushed Back A Month To Thanksgiving Weekend. Why?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 29, 2013 at 8:36PM

Release Date For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Pushed Back A Month To Thanksgiving Weekend. Why?
2
Oldboy

If you're already excited to see what Spike Lee has done with his much-anticipated Oldboy adaptation, which stars Josh Brolin, along with Sharlto CopleyElizabeth OlsenSamuel L. Jackson, you'll have to wait another month to see it, as FilmDistrict has pushed the film's release date back a month, from the previously set October 25, to November 27.

That's right - Thanksgiving weekend! Nothing says Thanksgiving family time, with turkey and pumpkin pie, like Oldboy!

No word on reasons for the move, but FilmDistrict obviously knows something we don't because, as is often the case each year, Thanksgiving weekend is a loaded week for movies opening in wide release. 

And this year, Oldboy will be competing with 2 black films also set to open Thanksgiving weekend in Black Nativity and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom - although the latter will open in limited release.

But also opening that holiday weekend are a Disney animated movie titled Frozen, a Jason Statham actioner, Homefront, co-starring James Franco, also Nicole Kidman's Grace Of Monaco, and the thriller Out of the Furnace which stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana.

So, by all accounts, FilmDistrict might be on a suicide mission with this move of Oldboy's release date to Thanksgiving weekend, given how crowded and competitive it'll be, as you can see. And, unless the film's has been gutted of its most vile content, this just isn't a film that screams Thanksgiving weekend release!

It doesn't make a lot of sense to me, on paper. But, like I said, certainly, they know more than I do. So we'll just have to wait and see how this goes.

Its competition on its previously-set October 25 release date were a thriller called The Counselor, starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt, as well as Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Comedy.

Which release weekend seems more sensible? You decide.

Spike Lee directs from a script penned by Mark Protosevich, who is also co-producing, along with Roy LeeDoug Davison and Nathan Kahane of Good Universe.

I actually expected the film to premiere at some international film festival before it's released commercially. It'll be a perfect fit for Toronto. A TIFF premiere in September, create some buzz, build anticipation, and then it opens in USA theaters a month-and-a-half later. But with this push to November, it actually could premiere at the New York Film Festival, in October.

We'll see.

Watch for a glimpse at what to expect:



This article is related to: Spike Lee


Shadow & ActNewsletter