When it comes to highly anticipated efforts later this year, Christmas has been surrounded in a very crowded line-up.Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, Tom Cruise’s One Shot, Judd Apatow’s This is Forty, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty all open within one week of each other. Then, there’sLife of Pi which has received some Oscar buzz after showcasing 3D footage at CinemaCon last month. While it’s unclear if it will follow through, 20th Century Fox is prepared to hopefully impress with the upcoming drama, and they want audiences to experience it as well. Now, they’ve decided to move the relesase date up from Christmas to open one holiday earlier.
Fox has decided to move director Ang Lee’s Pi to November 21st, effectively abandoning the crowded Christmas week, but also putting it up against other impressive outings The Silver Lining Playbook, MGM’s remake of Red Dawn with Chris Hemsworth, and Dreamworks Animation’s mythical adventureRise of the Guardians. Not to mention, all of these will be feeling the box office wrath of Twilight as Breaking Dawn Part 2 opens only one week earlier.
The film, based off of the novel of the same name by Yann Martel, involves the character of Pi who is a youth that is the only person to survive the sinking of a freighter. He finds himself on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a Bengal tiger. Suraj Sharma, Irffan Khan, Gerard Depardieu, Tobey Maguire, and Adil Hussain, filming took place in Taiwain and India early last year, and comes from a script by David Magee (Finding Neverland).
Meanwhile, Fox also took the oppotunity to reveal that they’ve set a date for one big comedy next summer. For the first time since Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson will reunite for The Internship from director Shawn Levy. After the two old school salesmen find themselves unemployed, they have a hard time getting used to the all-digital world, forcing them to apply as interns at a major tech company.
The film will be released on June 28th, 2013. This puts The Internship against the Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, and Jeff Bridges supernatural action adaptation R.I.P.D.