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Universal Moves Up Release Date For James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 13, 2013 9:51 AM
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James Brown in Alex Gibney's "Mr. Dynamite."
James Brown in Alex Gibney's "Mr. Dynamite."

Universal has moved up the release date of its James Brown biopic, Get On Up, from October 17, 2014 to August 1, 2014, taking over the slot previously reserved for its 50 Shades Of Grey film adaptation, which has now been pushed to February 13, 2015.

Get On Up will compete with Disney's wide release of its adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy on that August 1, 2014 weekend.


Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman (as James Brown), Jill ScottDan AykroydViola DavisOctavia SpencerLennie James and Keith Robinson in the Tate Taylor-directed film.

Shooting on the project has begun, in Mississippi, with Brian Grazer producing alongside Mick Jagger, for Universal Pictures.

Promising a warts and all telling of Brown's life story on film, the screenplay was penned by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth (they wrote the script for Fair Game, the Naomi Watts and Sean Penn film).

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  • Jason | November 13, 2013 11:43 PMReply

    So every black movie will now come out in August? in 2011 "the help" 2013 "The Butler" & now is the new Black History Month for Hollywood :)

  • Common Cents | November 30, 2013 1:29 PM

    Yep. I think you figured it out. There is a big conspiracy in that. I should have seen what they were doing with that August release thing too; The Help, The Butler and now this. You're so smart. We have to put a stop to this shit right now!

  • CC | November 13, 2013 9:58 AMReply

    I think it could be good counter programming for adults in August. The Help and Butler were very successful.

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