Sony Pictures is pushing up the release of David Ayer’s intense world War II film “Fury,” marking “Inglourious Basterds” star Brad Pitt’s return to World War II as the commander of a battle-weary five-man tank unit at the end of their tour of duty–from November 14, 2014 to October 17, 2014. “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman (“Noah”), Jon Bernthal (“Walking Dead”) and Ayer regular Michael Pena (“End of Watch”) also star in this 35 mm portrait of men under pressure.
Why the move? It’s clearly a less competitive time frame. “Gone Girl” opens the week before, whereas in November the actioner would be up against some powerful players: Chris Nolan’s “Interstellar,” the “Hunger Games” sequel “Mockingjay” Part I and in the awards arena, Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher.” If “Fury” turns out to be an awards contender–Pitt and Logan Lerman look strong as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor candidates– then Sony can release the picture on DVD/Blu-ray in mid-February.
The real question is what films are planning to use the New York Film Festival as a launch pad, from “Fury” to HBO’s recently dated Martin Scorsese documentary on The New York Review of Books. A NYFF berth would suggest that Sony is indeed pushing an Oscar strategy.
Trailer and official synopsis below:
In Fury, it is April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Written and directed by David Ayer, the film is produced by Bill Block, David Ayer, Ethan Smith, and John Lesher. The executive producers are Brad Pitt, Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Alex Ott, and Ben Waisbren. The film, a Columbia Pictures presentation in association with QED International and LStar Capital, is a Le Grisbi Productions / Crave Films production.