David Fincher's Gone Girl, Frankenstein, And More Get New Release Dates
20th Century Fox has some big stuff on their upcoming slate, from a new David Fincher film to the story of the Bible, and today they've announced a crop of new release dates for some of their projects. According to Box Office Mojo, the studio has not only officially dated both Gone Girl and the feature film version of the miniseries The Bible, but has also shifted around both the animated Book of Life and and the James McAvoy/Daniel Radcliffe-starring adaptation of Frankenstein.
First up, Fincher's Gone Girl adaptation, which first started developing all the way back in January, has officially been dated for October 3, 2014. It's an interesting choice given that the weekend already hold's Universal's Dracula Untold, which is an origin story about Bram Stoker's legendary vampire that stars Luke Evans. Adapted by Gillian Flynn from her own novel, the new movie centers on a former journalist (Ben Affleck) who discovers that his wife (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing on the day of their wedding anniversary. The movie has built a strong supporting cast that includes Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Fugit, and Tyler Perry.
Next up there's the new cut of The Bible miniseries, which was announced in April and has been renamed The Son of God. The material, which covered everything from God's creation of the Universe to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, has been cut down to three hours and will be out early next year on February 28th - the same date as the Liam Neeson-starring action movie Non-Stop and the low-budget sci-fi flick Almanac, which Michael Bay is producing.
Mixed in with the new release dates are some schedule shifts as well. While the animated Book of Life from director Jorge R. Gutierrez was originally going to come out on October 3, 2014, the Gone Girl date has forced Fox to shift the movie to October 17, 2014, where it will be facing off with the Tate Taylor-directed James Brown biopic Get On Up. Based on a screenplay by Guiterrez and co-writer Douglas Langdale, Book of Life tells a Romeo and Juliet-esque love story set during the famed Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico.
Finally there's Frankenstein, which was originally supposed to be on Book of Life's new date and has now been pushed all the way back to January 16, 2015 - not good news for a movie that was expected to be a big part of next year's Halloween season. Set to be directed by Paul McGuigan - who hasn't helmed a feature since 2009's Push - and based on script by Max Landis, the film has been rather high profile thanks to the fact that it has McAvoy attached to play the titular doctor and Radcliffe set to play his hunchback assistant Igor. Looks like we're going to have to wait a while to see the results of the collaboration.
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