Originally slated for release on March 13th, Warner Bros. Pictures has delayed director Ron Howard’s upcoming true story whaling drama “In the Heart of the Sea” by a whopping nine months, moving the film to a December 11th 2015 release.
The story deals with the sinking of the New England whaling ship Essex in the winter of 1820 by a whale, and the surviving crew’s attempts to stay alive. Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy and Tom Holland star.
The delay puts the film in contention for awards season in December, it also gives Warners a decent-sized film for the fourth quarter this year as previously they only had the sci-fi film “Midnight Special” and the reboot of the comedy franchise “Vacation” scheduled for release.
Even so, such a delay will no doubt raise some eyebrows, and the decision is one that can’t have been taken lightly considering the film’s marketing campaign is well underway with at least two trailers and posters already out.
To compensate for the move, Warners has moved up the Liam Neeson thriller “Run All Night” by a month, with that film now taking over the March 13th slot.
Source: Box-Office Mojo