Listen, we love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They’re two smart, funny women, and when brought together, they usually have Voltron-like comedy powers. Their Golden Globes hosting gigs have been a blast, and generally, put them in a room and they’ll be the funniest people in it. But taking on “Star Wars: Episode 7“? Good luck.
We figure someone had to do it—there are only so many weekends in December—but Universal has decided to take on Disney by slotting the Fey/Poehler vehicle “The Nest” on December 18, 2015, right up against one of the most anticipated sequels in quite some time. But maybe the counterprogramming will work, with the story following two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
“Pitch Perfect” helmer Jason Moore will direct the comedy and perhaps Universal is banking that they can capture the handful of people who will have zero interest in seeing ‘Star Wars 7’ opening weekend.
Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics is angling for the awards season slotting Bennett Miller‘s Cannes competition pic “Foxcatcher” on November 14th. It’s a busy weekend with David Ayer‘s WWII flick “Fury” with Brad Pitt opening, as well as “Dumb And Dumber To.” But we presume this will be a limited bow, which is usually the case for SPC, with a rollout to follow. But either way, it’s a vote of confidence from the arthouse shingle that they’ve got a contender on their hands, with Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo telling the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the DuPont Chemical fortune, that led to murder.
Mark your calendars accordingly.