MGM and UA announced today they are moving the release date of Bryan Singer's World War II thriller VALKYRIE, to President's Day weekend, February 13, 2009.
This moves the Tom Cruise vehicle out of awards season contention, but will have more moneymaking potential.
"MGM is proud and excited to be presenting VALKYRIE, and because of that we want to give it the best launch possible," said Clark Woods, President of Domestic Distribution, MGM. "When an opening became available for President's Day Weekend, we seized the opportunity. Having seen a lot of the film and how great it is going to play once it's finished, moving into a big holiday weekend is the right move."
Other films opening that weekend are romantic comedy CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (Disney), action comedy PINK PANTHER 2 (Sony/Columbia), horror flick THE WOLFMAN (Universal) and recently-announced FRIDAY THE 13TH (Paramount) -- something for everyone.
VALKYRIE re-teams director Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN, SUPERMAN RETURNS) with his Academy Award-winning USUAL SUSPECTS screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, a suspense thriller based on the true story of the daring and ingenious plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Tom Cruise heads an ensemble that includes Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel, Thomas Kretschmann, Terrance Stamp and stage actress Carice Van Houten. VALKYRIE, a United Artist's production, will be released by MGM.
The film was originally scheduled to open June 27 of this year, but was pushed back late last year to allow Singer to finish; three final scenes will be shot this May, according to VARIETY.
Cruise and longtime producing partner Paula Wagner revived the almost-90 year old UA in 2006.