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Universal Move Oliver Stone's 'Savages' To July 6th, Film Will Open Against 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 31, 2012 11:04 AM
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Look out Spider-Man because here comes Oliver Stone and Blake Lively. Let's face it, "The Amazing Spider-Man" is being aimed at kids who were too young for the Sam Raimi trilogy, so for the adults and everyone else who doesn't want to see the "untold" origin story all over again (in 3D this time), you now have another option on the big holiday weekend of the summer.

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]

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  • 9inchesblackandproud | January 31, 2012 4:39 PMReply

    Blake Lively is gorgeous and amazing! She has an amazing fashion sense too. I wonder if she likes waffles! :-)

  • Christian | January 31, 2012 12:51 PMReply

    Goddamit, Playlist: Blake Lively is not the lead in this! Taylor Kitch and Aaron Johnson are the leads, and Benicio Del Toro plays a psychotic villain who is fucking disturbing.

  • Chewy | January 31, 2012 4:58 PM

    @Christian- someone mentioned that a few posts down. Playlist don't currr if they're factually correct or not! They have bigger problems- like exploring the details of Ryan Gosling and Nic Refn's bromance! Priorities son!

  • Christian | January 31, 2012 3:22 PM

    Lol, I've got no problem with Blake Lively whatsoever. But I've got a problem with factually wrong journalism. She is not the lead.

  • Edward Davis | January 31, 2012 1:23 PM

    You Blake Lively haters need to chill the fuck out.

  • Vicki Christi Barcelona | January 31, 2012 11:25 AMReply

    Does this mean it isn't an Oscar contender? I figured Stone would eventually hit one out of the park and was hoping Savages would be it. The Sept. date indicated a bit of awards contention but who knows.

  • VICKI CHRISTI BARCELONA | January 31, 2012 4:56 PM

    I think 9 inches is really 2 inches... I understand your anger. It's ok buddy, we'll get through this together. P.S. I'm totally down for you buying me dinner and a movie. Just not any of Stone's recent movies, ok? ;)

  • 9inchesblackandproud | January 31, 2012 4:36 PM

    "hit or miss career lately"??? okay this isn't blogging this is FILMMAKING! The shit can take 10 years to write, with 50 to 100 re-writes before its given a green light, then you actually have to make a good movie all thos the audience can sit on their ASSES and talk about this shit like you haven't climbed Everest. Making a film is harder than climbing Everest buttnaked! Anyone truly in this business who puts their nuts on the chopping block knows this is true. It's been stated by doctors in medical books that while making a film psychologically and emotionally you experience the ups and downs in a few months that the average person does in a few years. Directors all die young because of this....this AGONY of all the *ssholes who exist like you Vicki Christina Barcelona LMAO I wish I could kick your sweet little ass but I won't! You just need me to buy you dinner and movie and we'll call it a truce. Sincerely, 9inchesblackandproud

  • Socrates | January 31, 2012 12:29 PM

    Vicki has a point because a lot of high profile films/Oscar contenders (on paper) are released from Sept-December so the initial date looked like they were aiming for one of the fall festivals. @Bryan- August is not July. July indicates some sort of commercial play, at the very least. Not ruling out awards contention though. The Help came out in August. August is one of the slower months- dumping ground if you will- not as bad as Jan-March, but less competition. So it was a smart move for Dreamworks and TWC to release their respective films during that month.

  • VICKI CHRISTI BARCELONA | January 31, 2012 12:15 PM

    He's had a hit or miss career lately you nugget. Could you not figure that one out?

  • Bryan | January 31, 2012 12:12 PM

    Not to mention Inglorious Basterds (also a genre pic) was released in August and that didn't slow it down a bit when it came to awards season.

  • 9inchesblackandproud | January 31, 2012 11:56 AM

    Eventually hit one out of the park? He's won 3 oscars! WHO THE F*CK ARE YOU?

  • Brad | January 31, 2012 11:13 AMReply

    I have read the book and it was highly enjoyable. If the movie is up to the challenge it could easily be a great summer flick. Also a studio excited about a flick with Blake Lively in the cast, I wonder if her performance is any good or it is just all of the talent around her.

  • AScott | January 31, 2012 12:31 PM

    @Bryan- Haven't read the book, what exactly is her part? The way it has been described in regards to the film hasn't really impressed me so I'm interested to know what kind of depth there is to her character.

  • ONOMOTOPOM | January 31, 2012 12:14 PM

    @Jack- "I swear half the people on the net know jack shit about acting and just base their opinions on whether or not someone happened to be on a crappy TV show since that's the hip thing to do." And people like you crawl out of your cave to spout this kind of nonsense? Most people who question Lively's credibility (including yours truly) have seen her in other things than just Gossip Girl.

  • Bryan | January 31, 2012 11:54 AM

    Well Oliver certainly gave her a ringing endorsement in the HuffPo so she must have done something right. I've read the book too and she's gonna be doing the most of the comedic heavy-lifting so it might be a new facet of her acting we've not seen.

    I'm actually more worried about Taylor Kitsch than Blake Lively.

  • Jack | January 31, 2012 11:51 AM

    Like Bryan said there's nothing wrong with Lively. She was fine in The Town and damn good in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. I swear half the people on the net know jack shit about acting and just base their opinions on whether or not someone happened to be on a crappy TV show since that's the hip thing to do.

  • Brad | January 31, 2012 11:47 AM

    I really have nothing against Blake Lively. I actually find her enjoyable mostly. I am curious to see if she has what it takes to pull her character off the same way it was written in the novel. She was definitely not the worst thing about any of the films she has been in, in my opinion.

  • Aaron | January 31, 2012 11:25 AM

    Well she isn't the lead, so their excitement would have less to do with her and more to do with the entire ensemble.

  • BRYAN | January 31, 2012 11:19 AM

    Oy, not this Blake Lively nonsense again. Leave Blake alone!

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