Amazon Studios is retooling its release plans for its Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones-led period awards bait ballooning disaster drama “The Aeronauts”.
Originally slated for an October 25th traditional theatrical run including a one-week IMAX engagement, the film will now instead get a short stateside theatrical release on December 6th ahead of a video-on-demand launch on December 20th.
Tom Harper helms the film which is set in 1862 and follows wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Jones) and headstrong scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne) as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. It’s a journey to the edge of the then-known world, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. Jack Thorne penned the script for the film which also stars Tom Courtenay, Anne Reid, Vincent Perez and Rebecca Front.
The fate of the IMAX run is unknown at this time, even with key sequences of the film being designed specifically for IMAX projection. FilmNation sold to numerous international buyers who will work through new plans with Amazon. Amazon will reportedly employ a similar model for the release of the upcoming drama “The Report”.