Yesterday was packed with scheduling changes over at Paramount Pictures. First, World War Z 2 was removed from its June 2017 spot and doesn't have a new release date assigned yet. The Friday the 13th reboot was also undated, but mere hours later, it was reported that the project had also been canceled possibly due to the poor performance of Rings. However, it wasn't all bad news from the studio. Jennifer Lawrence's next movie, mother!, has been given a release date for October later this year, putting it in prime Oscar-buzz territory.
Mixed in with the news about World War Z 2 and Friday the 13th, THR noted that mother! will be released in theaters on October 13, which is right around the time when many of the "awards-season" movies start to trickle in. Funny enough, October 13 was when the Friday the 13th reboot was supposed to be released, but now that that's been axed, mother! swooped in to keep that date warm for Paramount. That said, mother! will have plenty of competition that opening weekend, as The Snowman, Logan Lucky, The Commuter and Marshall are all opening that same Friday, too. Looking at all the other releases from that month, this is definitely one of the more crowded Octobers.
Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky of Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan fame, mother! will follow a couple whose relationship is put to the test when uninvited guests come into their home and screw up their "tranquil existence." No characters have been named yet, but along with Jennifer Lawrence, the cast includes Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Brian Gleeson. This is also the first movie Aronofsky has directed since 2014's Noah, although he was most recently attached as a producer on Jackie, which has been nominated for three Oscars.
Obviously it's not guaranteed that mother! will be an Oscar contender, but with actors like that and Darren Aronofsky leading the charge, its chances are strong. Plus, Jennifer Lawrence has become more than comfortable around the awards circuit. Among the major accolades she's received in her seven years of Hollywood prominence, she's been nominated for four Academy Awards and won one, as well as been nominated for four Golden Globes and won three. Lawrence was most recently seen last year in reprising Mystique in X-Men: Apocalypse and co-starring alongside Chris Pratt in Passengers. Along with mother!, she'll also be seen later this year in Red Sparrow.
Once again, you can check out mother! in theaters on October 13, and if it earns any major award recognition in the weeks and months afterwards, we here at CinemaBlend will be sure to let you know about it.