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Release Date For Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Pushed Back A Month To Thanksgiving Weekend. Why?

Release Date For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Pushed Back A Month To Thanksgiving Weekend. Why?

If you’re already excited to see what Spike Lee has done with his much-anticipated Oldboy adaptation, which stars Josh Brolin, along with Sharlto CopleyElizabeth OlsenSamuel L. Jackson, you’ll have to wait another month to see it, as FilmDistrict has pushed the film’s release date back a month, from the previously set October 25, to November 27.

That’s right – Thanksgiving weekend! Nothing says Thanksgiving family time, with turkey and pumpkin pie, like Oldboy!

No word on reasons for the move, but FilmDistrict obviously knows something we don’t because, as is often the case each year, Thanksgiving weekend is a loaded week for movies opening in wide release. 

And this year, Oldboy will be competing with 2 black films also set to open Thanksgiving weekend in Black Nativity and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom – although the latter will open in limited release.

But also opening that holiday weekend are a Disney animated movie titled Frozen, a Jason Statham actioner, Homefront, co-starring James Franco, also Nicole Kidman’s Grace Of Monaco, and the thriller Out of the Furnace which stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana.

So, by all accounts, FilmDistrict might be on a suicide mission with this move of Oldboy’s release date to Thanksgiving weekend, given how crowded and competitive it’ll be, as you can see. And, unless the film’s has been gutted of its most vile content, this just isn’t a film that screams Thanksgiving weekend release!

It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, on paper. But, like I said, certainly, they know more than I do. So we’ll just have to wait and see how this goes.

Its competition on its previously-set October 25 release date were a thriller called The Counselor, starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt, as well as Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Comedy.

Which release weekend seems more sensible? You decide.

Spike Lee directs from a script penned by Mark Protosevich, who is also co-producing, along with Roy LeeDoug Davison and Nathan Kahane of Good Universe.

I actually expected the film to premiere at some international film festival before it’s released commercially. It’ll be a perfect fit for Toronto. A TIFF premiere in September, create some buzz, build anticipation, and then it opens in USA theaters a month-and-a-half later. But with this push to November, it actually could premiere at the New York Film Festival, in October.

We’ll see.

Watch for a glimpse at what to expect:

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Well, Lars is opening Nymphomaniac on Christmas…maybe it's a counter trend. :shrug:


Neither of those dates are good but the Non-Suicide Thanksgiving might be okay but that film "OUT OF THE FURNACE" is getting very good buzz and Spike's following might be as strong as the following for that film. I don't want to see Spike's film get crushed at all I think we should enjoy both films. Please FILM DISTRICT find another less competitive date for OLD BOY!

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