Long-Delayed Zach Galifianakis Comedy ‘Masterminds’ Gets Yet Another Release Date
Independent studio Relativity Media has released a surprising press release indicating that they’ve scheduled five new films for theatrical debuts in 2016. The announcement that a movie studio would release more movies is only surprising in this instance because Relativity had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, but it looks like the heads have no intention of letting a little thing like running out of money slow them down. They’ve put numbers on the board for haunted-house flick The Disappointments Room (March 25), Kate Bosworth-led horror film Before I Wake (April 8), Halle Berry vehicle Kidnap (May 13), and a follow-up to sleeper hit The Strangers (December 2). Where some of Relativity’s other properties, such as Sundance breakout The Bronze, still have yet to receive new release dates.
Relativity’s most high-profile train to have ostensibly un-jumped the track is the comedy Masterminds, slated for a September 30, 2016 release. This marks the third official release date for the heist farce starring Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, and Owen Wilson as the criminals responsible for the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery in North Carolina, referred to by some as the “hillbilly heist”.
Director Jared Hess, the man behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, will continue to poke fun at small-town yokels with the film in September. Masterminds was originally scheduled for release back on August 19, but Relativity shuffled it to October 9 when the whole “we don’t have any money anymore” rigamarole started to rear its ugly head. When they belly-flopped into full bankruptcy, they amended the release date from October 9 to “maybe never”, only moving to get it out in the world with this new announcement.
Judging by the trailer that surfaced back in June, Masterminds appeared to be a fairly routine comedy project, the sort of thing a studio hides in the dog days of summer, hopefully making back its costs of production and then some. Now, it’s become the child caught in the crossfire during the contentious divorce between Mom (Relativity) and Dad (financial solvency).