Clearly feeling very, very good about Oliver Stone's upcoming thriller "Savages," Universal has moved the film from September 28th right into the heart of the summer on July 6th. It will square off against Spidey, which opens on July 4th and is sure to gain some new buzz very soon with a planned preview screening of footage in select cities on February 9th. But Universal has decided that Sony shouldn't just have the whole holiday weekend to themselves, as they are the only studio who is attempting to take on the superhero franchise.
If you're not excited for this, we don't know what to tell you. Based on the best-selling crime novel by Don Winslow, Blake Lively plays the gal pal of two Laguna Beach drug dealers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) who is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel who wants to move in on their turf. The cast is rounded out impressively by Benicio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, the recently Oscar nominated Demian Bichir, Salma Hayek, Joel David Moore and Emile Hirsch.
With this sudden move we're hoping for two things -- a trailer very, very soon (perhaps readied to unspool in front of "Safe House"?) and moreover, an apperance at Cannes. Granted, "Savages" isn't exactly a Palme d'Or contender, but with Stone and this cast? An out-of-competition screening isn't off the table. [Deadline]