New Release Dates: Hitman and The Spirit

Hitman20th Century Fox has moved the release date for the video game to film adaptation of Hitman from October 17th to November 21st. Maybe Fox wanted to distance Hitman from 30 Days of Night, which hits theaters on Friday, October 19th. Either that or there is still more work to be done on the film (which is never a good sign). Hitman will now go head to head with the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist, Disney’s Enchanted, The Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men and August Rush. Seems to me like there was a lot less competition at the original October date. But what do I know?

The SpiritLionsgate has also announced a release date for Frank Miller’s big screen adaptation of the Will Eisner comic The Spirit. The film version will hit theaters on January 16th, 2009. As far as I know, no other studios have claimed that date yet. It’s very strange that Lionsgate would choose a January date for this type of film. I’ve always wondered if The Spirit would be marketable/marketed towards the same young audience that bought up 300 and Sin City. And a January date could mean they have other plans. Who knows, the JJ Abrams produced 1-18-08 monster flick could bring a new concentration to the month which currently has a stigma for box office losers.

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