We Own The Night Movie Poster Features Twin Towers

On Saturday, we posted the movie trailer for James Gray's New York City-based Russian mob story We Own The Night. We noted that the film showed promise, and went as far as comparing it to Martin Scorsese's The Departed. Well, apparently the film takes place in the last millennium, because the film's theatrical poster (via: IMPA) shows the movie's stars, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall with the Twin Towers and the New York City skyline in the background. Obviously the Twin Towers have appeared in movie marketing since 9/11, but as far as I know, only in 9/11 related films and documentaries (World Trade Center, United 93).

After the 2001 attack happened, Hollywood spent a lot of time and money eliminating the WTC from upcoming films and promotional materials (Spider-Man, Zoolander ...etc). And while I understand that seeing the towers in the background of a scene could be distracting, I always felt that digitally removing them was an insult to the people who died in the towers. It's almost like you're pretending that they never existed. Anyways, I'm glad to see that 2929 is not afraid to include the towers on the new poster, seen right. I wonder, does anyone know if this is the first post-9/11 non-9/11 Hollywood film to feature the towers on a movie poster?

As always, click on the poster for an enlarged view. And if you have not yet, check out the movie trailer. The film is currently playing at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Universal owns the distribution rights, although the release date is not yet set in the US. Our best educated guess says that this film will hit theaters in Late-Late 2007, just in time for Awards season.