20th Century Fox have announced a couple of release date changes, with both the Poltergeist remake and also Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: Secret Service, being pushed back from their original dates.
The Poltergeist remake, which is being directed by Gil Kenan, was originally due for release on 13th February 2015, but will now be released during the peak summer season on 24th July 2015. Naturally, it appears that Fox are trying to repeat what The Conjuring did last summer with its record breaking box office figures.
Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing the reboot, which has already cast Rosemarie DeWitt as the female lead, and Sam Rockwell.
Jared Harris (Fringe, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mad Men, The Quiet Ones) star as Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners”.
Kenan will direct from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). The film is being produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) and Rob Tapert (The Posession) via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee (The Strangers). Nathan Kahane (The Grudge) will serve as executive producer.
In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.
The slot left vacant by the Poltergeist reboot will now belong to Matthew Vaughn’s superb looking spy thriller, Kingsman: The Secret Service. The film has had a last minute change of release date, and instead of landing in cinemas on 17th October this year, it will now arrive on 13th February 2015, putting the film in direct competition with Fifty Shades of Grey.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is written and directed by Matthew Vaughn, with Jane Goldman co-writing. The film is an adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel. The cast includes Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Hamill, Michael Cain, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport, Taron Egerton and Sofia Boutella.
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011)), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.