Kevin Smith is hard at work filming and editing his latest, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, which stars Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, and Jason Mewes. Our friends at NewsAskew are reporting that the current hope is to have the official movie trailer attached to Pineapple Express, the Judd Apatow-produced Seth Rogen comedy which hits theaters on August 8th 2008.
This means that Zack and Miri would probably hit theaters in October or November. Clerks and Mallrats were released in the month of October, while Smith’s highest grossing domestic release, Dogma, hit theaters in November. So I’m thinking that November is probably the smart bet. The timing could also be perfect for a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. This is all just speculation.
Eagle Eye was a hot property from day one, originating as an idea/story from legendary director Steven Spielberg. Directed by D.J. Caruso, re-teaming with Disturbia star Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), and set for a much coveted early August release date. But something has happened…
Maybe the film is running behind schedule. Or quite possibly, maybe they are afraid of the Judd Apatow-produced stoner comedy Pineapple Express? I’m sure the studio might explain that this is just a last minute addition to the major schedule reshuffle announced last week. Whatever the reason, Dreamworks has moved the film from its prime August real estate to late September. And while this move might seem like normal business to most casual movie fans, I believe something major is behind this decision.
Call me a conspiracy theorist if you want, but the facts show that a move from August to September is a major loss. It just doesn’t make sense. The average big Hollywood movie in August opens twice as big as a big Hollywood release in September. This could mean the difference between a $35-40 million to a $20-$25 million opening weekend. Are there technical problems or has the studio suddenly lost faith in the film’s earning potential?
Eagle Eye will now open on September 26th 2008, up against The Coen Brother’s Burn After Reading starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, and the Paul W.S. Anderson remake of Death Race starring Jason Statham.
Update: Someone working on the film claims that production is behind schedule and they have 2-3 weeks of shooting left.
A Red Band (read: uncensored or R-rated) trailer for the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced comedy Pineapple Express has hit the interwebs. I can’t imagine any of this drug humor could be shown in a green band version. Watch the new trailer below and tell me what you think.
Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the superstar team behind SuperBad, The Pineapple Express is about a stoner (Rogen) process server named Dale Denton and his dealer (James Franco) Saul are who forced to go on the run from the police and gang leader (Gary Cole), after Dale witnesses a corrupt cop (Rosie Perez) commit a murder. So why is it called The Pineapple Express? Saul is selling a new type of pot known as “Pineapple Express.” Malick-influenced indie filmmaker David Gordon Green makes a huge departure from his critically acclaimed dramatic films (George Washington, All The Real Girls, and Snow Angels). Pineapple Express hits theaters on August 8th 2008.