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WATCH: First Trailer for 'The Giver' -- Weinsteins Give YA Drama 'Butler' Slot

by Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
March 19, 2014 12:09 PM
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'The Giver'

A first trailer for "The Giver" has arrived, adapted from Lois Lowry's classic YA novel of the same title. Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges both star (with Bridges playing the Giver), along with Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Brendan Thwaites. Watch below.

The film is reuniting Aussie director Phillip Noyce with the Weinstein Company after a once-tumultuous run with "The Quiet American" and "Rabbit-Proof Fence." It's slated for an August 15 release--that's the "Butler" slot, a relatively open late-summer period when it's easier to nab some box office before the crowded fall season. (It will be interesting to see if the Weinsteins opt to push the movie back for a fall festival push.) Noyce is currently editing in NYC. 

What do the Weinsteins currently have on their 2014 potential Oscar docket? There are two films that played Toronto last year, the undated true camel trek saga "Tracks," starring likely Best Actress contender Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, and fest opener "One Chance," starring James Corden as Paul Potts, whose life changed overnight on "Britain's Got Talent," as well as fashion biopic "Yves Saint Laurent," which debuted in Berlin (June 25).

Not mentioned on the Weinstein slate is Cannes opener "Grace of Monaco," starring Oscar bait Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, which the Weinsteins pulled from their January schedule. It's mired in a not-unusual tug-of-war between director Olivier Dahan and Harvey Weinstein over final cut and a release date. The trailer is strong.

"The Giver" and other TWC trailers below: 


  • Anne Thompson | March 20, 2014 12:16 PMReply

    While an early summer release date (always subject to change with TWC) does not bode well for a serious Oscar campaign for the movie, the Best Actress race is always open to the best performances of the year.

  • BR | March 19, 2014 6:01 PMReply

    MJ, it is totally a missed opportunity. It would have been much more appropriate to start in black and white and slowly move into color. As a long-time fan of the book, I am so disappointed in the direction this took.

  • JP | March 19, 2014 2:28 PMReply

    "the undated true camel trek saga "Tracks," starring likely Best Actress contender Mia Wasikowska."

    Tracks' U.S. release date is May 23 (right alongside some Adam Sandler movie, natch), so it's doubtful that Mia's going to get nominated for anything.

  • MJ | March 19, 2014 2:26 PMReply

    Wasn't Pleasantville successful by going color / black and white and color again? This was a great opportunity to go that route. Unless I'm mistaken, wasn't color central in the book?

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