The Weinstein Company Moves Up ‘The Founder’ to August

The Weinstein Company Moves Up 'The Founder' to August

The Weinstein Company has just done a bit of release date rearranging, Deadline reports, as their Michael Keaton-starring McDonald’s origin story, "The Founder," has been pushed up from November 25 to August 5, when it will open wide. The film, directed by John Lee Hancock ("The Blind Side," "Saving Mr. Banks"), stars Keaton as Ray Kroc, one of the founders of the massive fast food chain, and follows his (not always triumphant or flattering) quest to build the classic American chain.

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The "Founder" push has impacted another TWC offering, as Deadline also reports that "Lion," starring Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, will now take over that November 25 release date. Directed by Garth Davis, the film follows a young Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta and his amazing journey to being reunited with his family after being adopted by an Australian couple. That film will open in limited release. 

"We are very excited for ‘The Founder’ and ‘Lion’ coming out this season," said Harvey Weinstein in an official statement. "I am determined to show that adult fare and award-caliber movies should be able to open any time of year and be successful…’The Founder’ is brilliant and one of the most controversial films I have had the pleasure to be associated. The story of Ray Kroc should ignite adult audiences this summer and send the incredible team of John Lee Hancock and Michael Keaton back to the Dolby Theater. The touching and beautiful family story of ‘Lion’ has tremendous performances by Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara and will work really well during the holiday season."

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Not a golden month if they are going for oscar nominations but maybe it will work out fine.


I think Straight Outta Compton’s shortcomings during awards season had more to do with the fact that it’s a hip hop biopic rather than the early date. The Academy hasn’t really embraced that sub-genre yet (not that there have been many deserving ones made). But yes, August is normally too early, but it’s not the end all of awards contention. The Hurt Locker and Boyhood were both able to carry their momentum all the way through the Oscars. If it’s good enough, it will do the same.


That is true, but I think we can agree August is a tough sell. I think it’s gonna have to really really good to stand out.


Nonsense, August could work very well from them. Look at The Grand Budapest Hotel: released in March and was still able to gather quite a few nominations the next year. If the movie’s truly good, it will stand out.


August doesn’t seem like an awards friendly date… It’ll likely get forgotten about a la Straight Outta Compton only getting 1 nom

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