'Oldboy' Pushed Back Again; Is the Spike Lee Joint in Trouble?Eric Walkuski |
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' changed some skeptical minds when the red-band trailer hit earlier this month. Looking like a faithful and intense remake, the trailer got us thinking that the movie might be a thriller worthy of our time after all. But, now comes the news that it's release date has been pushed back, and this isn't the first time. Should we be concerned?
'Oldboy's' original release was set for October 11, but a couple of months ago, FilmDistrict pushed it to October 25, which might seem a bit strange considering it's not exactly a "Halloween" type flick. Now, however, the studio has pushed it back yet again, giving it a November 27 date, which is usually reserved for family fare. (Like 'Frozen,' a new Disney movie which comes out that day.) It is the Thanksgiving season, after all.
So what gives? It's likely that 'Oldboy' didn't want to butt heads with 'The Counselor', the highly-anticipated Ridley Scott-Cormac McCarthy collaboration that is sure to generate tons of press that weekend (mostly thanks to a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz). On November 27, the film won't have much direct competition, at least as far as R-rated thrillers go.