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Paramount Books AFI Premiere, December Release for ‘The Big Short’

Paramount Books AFI Premiere, December Release for 'The Big Short'

The studios keep playing around with their 2015/2016 release slates.

Now that Paramount Pictures has added Toronto International Film Festival pickup “Anomalisa” to its year-end release docket, booking the Charlie Kaufman/Duke Johnson animated feature on December 30 for an Oscar-qualifying run, the studio is pushing up Andy McKay’s New Regency Wall Street expose “The Big Short” from 2016 to December 11. The star-studded movie will world premiere November 12 as the closing night movie for AFI FEST 2015.

Adapted by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay from Michael Lewis’ bestselling investigation of Wall Street malpractice, “The Big Short:  Inside The Doomsday Machine,” the film boasts a heady cast including Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei. Lewis has a strong track-record with the studios, which have turned his books “Moneyball” and “The Blind Side” into commercial Oscar contenders. This now has the chance to enter the awards fray.

Clearly, Paramount harbors high hopes for this–or else the studio simply needs to give its talented marketing team more to do. Otherwise the studio had several low-budget horror flicks to release between now and the December 25 opening of the Mark Wahlberg/Will Ferrell comedy “Daddy’s Home.”  

When “The Big Short” goes wide on December 23, the picture will move into the holiday slot vacated by Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” which moved into the 2016 release frame. But the Christmas season is packed, from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which opens a week earlier, Will Smith drama “Concussion” and David O. Russell’s “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and an Xtreme sports revamp of “Point Break.” Going into limited release will be long-awaited westerns from Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight,” starring Kurt Russell, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

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