Release Date Change: Judd Apatow’s Walk Hard

Walk Hard

Sony has moved the Judd Apatow music comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story back to December 21st 2007. The movie written by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and director Jake Kasdan (Orange County) is a comic take on musical biographies as Ray, Walk the Line, and Selena.

Walk Hard follows the up-and-down-and-up-again struggle of legendary musician Dewey Cox (Academy Award® nominee JOHN C. REILLY) as he rises from the poverty of a hardscrabble Alabama farm to conquer the world of popular music through a rollercoaster career that spans seven decades.  Along the way to superstardom, Dewey acquires all the trappings of fame and fortune – multiple wives, eleven kids, several mansions, his own ’70s TV show, and a chimp – only to blindly trample them all on his relentless journey to the top.  During a life that includes losing his sense of smell after a tragic childhood accident, conquering the music industry and carousing with celebrities from Elvis to The Beatles, even the love of a good woman – longtime back-up singer Darlene Madison (JENNA FISCHER, “The Office”) – isn’t enough to stop the rock n’ roll spiral of drugs, prison, and rehab (lots of rehab) that marks Dewey’s pursuit of writing classic songs that will change a nation at least once.

I saw the movie trailer at Comic-Con, and was frankly not impressed. It should be noted that I’m a huge fan of both Reilly and Apatow. So for a movie trailer for a film written and produced by Apatow starring Reilly to not impress me is a task. May-be I just don’t like the musical biography concept. The trailer will be attached to SuperBad. The film was originally set to hit theaters on December 14th, up against the Will Smith sci-fi adaptation I Am Legend, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and the Christmas family romantic comedy Perfect Christmas. Walk Hard will now premiere against National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Be Kind Rewind will be in limited release.

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