Parnassus, Cliff, Lying Set Dates

A couple of important release date shifts and announcements this past week on top of “The Green Hornet” five-month delay. ‘Zephyr’ as always helped compile some of the entries below:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Terry Gilliam’s fantasy epic featuring Heath Ledger’s final performance was picked up a few weeks back for North American release by Sony Classics and has finally scheduled a date – Christmas Day. Interestingly the film will open in quite a few key international territories a full month or two earlier starting with the UK on October 16th, Australia on October 29th and much of Europe in early November.

Red Cliff
The John Woo-directed historical epic starring Tony Leung, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, and Chi-Ling Lin, which went on to be the highest grossing film in China’s history, has finally been scheduled for an American release on November 20th 2009. The release will combine the two original films into a single 2-1/2 hour cut. How late is this? Walking around the Melbourne CBD last week, I came across a legit Chinese import DVD copy of the two-film cut with English subtitles for $12.

The Invention of Lying
The Ricky Gervais fantasy comedy starring Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, Rob Lowe, and Jonah Hill has moved back one week from September 25th 2009 to October 2nd, joining “Zombieland” and “Whip It!” in filling the void left by the delay of Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” to February 2010.

Our Family Wedding
The Fox Searchlight comedy starring Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, Regina King, and Charlie Murphy has moved up one week from March 19th 2010 to March 12th.

Repo Man
The sci-fi thriller starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker has moved up two whole seasons from Winter 2010 to April 2nd 2010, a weekend already featuring four other wide-releases.

Resident Evil: Afterlife
The fourth iteration of the video game franchise has moved from September 17th 2010, a similar release date to the previous three films, has moved up three weeks to August 27th 2010. This was likely due to the fact that since it is planned as a Digital 3D feature, it would have only had one week to itself in its original release date because of Zach Snyder’s “Guardians of Ga’Hoole” coming out the week afterwards.