Thursday, 27 June 2013

TWO MAJOR NEW RELEASE DATES - 12 YEARS A SLAVE, 50 SHADES OF GREY


One is filmed and set for release, the other isn't even cast yet, but is also set for release. 12 Years a Slave was, in a previous post, declared for release in the US on the 27th of December; perhaps in the understanding that so late a release may not bode well for major awards consideration, it has been moved up to the 18th of October for a limited release. Slap bang in the middle of prime Oscar season for moderate Oscar bait like this these days.

Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey doesn't yet have a cast, but it does have a director, distributors and, now, a release date: the 1st of August, 2014, a little over a year away from now. It could be one of the biggest, and most unusual, hits of next Summer, unless it gets smacked with an NC-17 rating, and I'd be overjoyed if artist-turned-director Taylor-Johnson could push it up to the limit it surely must be headed for.