Paramount Pictures has found itself suddenly entering this year’s awards race with the scheduling of two films. First up it’s Adam McKay’s “The Big Short,” a financial drama based on the book by “Moneyball” and “The Blind Side” author Michael Lewis.
The all star cast includes Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei and follows four stock-savvy outsiders who decide to do something about a loophole in high-frequency trading that gives unfair advantage to big banks. The scheme helps level the playing field by beating the banks at their own game.
Paramount has strong confidence in the material. In fact it wasn’t due out until well into next year, but McKay showed an almost completed cut to the studio brass a few weeks ago and claimed he could finish quickly following a strong response.
He did it would seem as Paramount screened it for the American Film Institute (AFI) who promptly made it their closing night gala film on November 12th. The studio has also just locked down a December 11th limited release date followed by a wide opening on December 23rd, and released the first trailer today.
Paramount has also announced a December 30th limited release for the Charlie Kaufman/Duke Johnson stop motion animated feature “Anomalisa” which was the toast of the recent Toronto Film Festival and will likely be a major player in its category.