Warners Handling New Line’s Leftovers

Warner Bros. Pictures have revealed at ShoWest that they will immediately be taking over distribution of New Line’s upcoming film slate reports the trades.

Two weeks ago when it was announced that the mini-major was being absorbed into Warners to help cut costs, many began to wonder what the move meant for the fate of several projects New Line had in production and/or set for release.

Now its been revealed that Warner will kick into gear on New Line’s slate starting with “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” which is still scheduled for April 25th. The studio also plans to still release “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” on July 11th, despite the fact their big Summer tentpole film “The Dark Knight” opens the week after.

The fate of Gavin O’Connor’s police drama “Pride and Glory” remains up in the air. After being delayed almost a full year by New Line, it’s unsure what will happen to the film now. Same goes for other films completed but not yet slotted in such as “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and “Four Christmases”.

It’s expected the new incarnation of New Line will be a distribution label that will churn out six to eight sub-$50 million budget flicks per year – what that means for most costly projects in the pipeline such as proposed “Austin Powers” and “Wedding Crashers” sequels along with “The Hobbit” is unsure.