“A Monster Calls” Delayed For Awards Berth

Focus Features has pushed back the release date for “The Impossible” helmer Juan Antonio Bayona’s fantasy tale “A Monster Calls” from a wide release on October 21st to a limited release on December 23rd ahead of a January 6th 2017 wide opening.

That puts the film squarely into awards season targeting. The limited release will consist of a ten city run ahead of a 1,500 screen launched targeted for the film’s wide release where it will go up against “Underworld: Blood Wars” and “Amityville: The Awakening”.

Based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel, the story concerns 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) as he attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.

Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver and Geraldine Chaplin star in the film which Patrick Ness adapted from his own novel.

Source: Deadline