Another segment in the current pile of release date changes is the ones that affect us in the immediate future. Those would be the ones that are 2013 releases and there are a few that I have to report right now. The others will be dealt with in a later post that is about Oscar contenders. Here are a few moves that will be happening this year:
A drug film that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Walhberg will probably bring some people to the theater and this one also has elements of a mob film. 2 Guns was formerly a end of summer throwaway but now Universal has moved the film to a better release date of August 2, 2013. That is a sign of confidence in the film especially because that date is currently shared by Red 2 and 300: Rise of an Empire (that film may move however). My one worry is that 2 Guns will flop just because of how many action flops there have been this year. No action film has succeeded since Django Unchained and I think that it might have to do with the gun debate going on right now. I'm sorry but I don't think that a film titled 2 Guns will do too good in this current movie-going climate.
An odd little animated film from Relativity moved up a whole year from November 14, 2014 to November 1, 2014. And I think that it is a super-smart move. This film is going to be a smash hit. I just read the synopsis for the first time and it is complete genius. It's a buddy comedy starring Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson about two turkeys who travel through time to stop people from eating turkeys as a tradition on Thanksgiving and other holidays. I love these kind of high concept animated films that aren't and I think that this film will succeed at the box office. It doesn't look like it is going to focus on visuals like the Croods. It will also help that Turkeys is the only animated film for most of November and the first since Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. I'm looking forward to this one.
The most concerning news on this list is the fact that Kick-A$$ 2 moved from a prime summer release date on June 28 to a end of summer throwaway date of August 16. I personally don't care because it isn't a film that I am interested in but if you are a fan of this series, this cannot be good news. The film stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Jim Carrey and is directed by Jeff Wadlow, who has never directed any big films. Let's just say my minuscule anticipation for this film has dropped to zero. It will now face off against Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters.