Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances Watch: Tom Hardy Does Double Duty In Trailer For Gangster Drama 'Legend' Watch: Tom Hardy Does Double Duty In Trailer For Gangster Drama 'Legend' The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Wide Release Of Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' May Be Pushed Back To January 2013

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 24, 2012 at 6:11PM

To put it bluntly, the next two months at the multiplex are fucked. Between holiday blockbusters and dramatic fare gunning for Oscars, there is an unbelievable amount of new movies on the way, and it's no surprise that some titles are going to shimmy and shift to get the best exposure possible. But when it concerns a highly anticipated movie about one of the most dramatic events in recent American history, in what could be a major awards season player, we have to sit up and take notice. Sony is looking at forgoing the wide release of Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" on December 19th for a New York and Los Angeles bow and platform release. Does this mean the movie isn't a contender? Let's not sweat it just yet.
8
Zero Dark Thirty

To put it bluntly, the next two months at the multiplex are fucked. Between holiday blockbusters and dramatic fare gunning for Oscars, there is an unbelievable amount of new movies on the way, and it's no surprise that some titles are going to shimmy and shift to get the best exposure possible. But when it concerns a highly anticipated movie about one of the most dramatic events in recent American history, in what could be a major awards season player, we have to sit up and take notice. Sony is looking at forgoing the wide release of Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" on December 19th for a New York and Los Angeles bow and platform release. Does this mean the movie isn't a contender? Let's not sweat it just yet.

Let's take a look at the weekend of December 21st, shall we? With 'Zero' slated to open on the Wednesday before, that Friday will see "Jack Reacher," "This Is 40" and "Monsters Inc. 3D" going wide. Meanwhile, at the arthouse is Michael Haneke's "Amour," tsunami drama "The Impossible," David Chase's "Not Fade Away," and Walter Salles' "On The Road." Mental. And oh yeah, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opens the week before, while not long after, Christmas Day brings "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables." Now of all the wide releases, do you think audiences are going to shell out money for a very sober Osama Bin Laden drama in the height of the holiday season? Not likely.

Logistically, platforming makes more sense and will give Sony more room to keep rolling out press. Undoubtedly, Bigelow will be going down to the wire to finish the film, which shot earlier this year. Instead of trying to cram in all the advance interviews in time for a single release, as it rolls out it will give Bigelow and the cast room to breathe and do interviews and press as the movie reaches more markets over a few weeks. 

Granted, maybe Sony realized the picture wasn't going to be the Oscar horse they thought, and are adjusting accordingly, but we sort of doubt it. We think it's the studio realizing the calendar is packed and word of mouth will only help "Zero Dark Thirty," and this move might be wiser than throwing the film out there in one go and seeing if it will sink or swim. 

Sony has yet to confirm any of this, but according to THR's report following the NY/LA December 19 bow, the film would expand to more markets on January 4th before going wide on January 11th. Official word is likely just around the corner.

This article is related to: Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates