The Great Wall Release date changes! Via Variety
Universal has decided to move back the U.S. release of Matt Damon’s “The Great Wall” three months to 2017.
“The Great Wall,” originally slated to hit theaters on the pre-Thanksgiving slot of Nov. 23, will now be released on Feb. 17, 2017.
Legendary Entertainment produced “The Great Wall,” which also stars Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe alongside Chinese stars including Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu and Eddie Peng. Legendary describes the story as “an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.”
The China release, handled by Le Vision Pictures and China Film, is set for the lucrative December holiday season. The project is directed by “House of Flying Daggers” helmer Zhang Yimou and is the largest film ever shot in China.
“The Great Wall” is the first movie to emerge from Legendary Entertainment’s Legendary East operation. It’s the first English-language film for Zhang Yimou, with a budget pegged at $135 million.
Universal did not disclose the reason for the date switch, which comes a month after China’s Dalian Wanda announced its acquisition of Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion.
Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is set for Nov. 18, while the Nov. 23 slot is occupied by Disney’s animated “Moana,” Paramount’s Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard untitled thriller and Broad Green’s “Bad Santa 2.”
The Feb. 17, 2017, slot is already occupied by Sony’s “Bad Boys 3” and Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure.”
On Saturday Matt attended a Q&A at the Palm Springs International Film Festival about The Martian, here are some photos.
EW.com has released a deleted scene from The Martian:
Here are the first pictures from the London Premiere for The Martian, which is being streamed live on Yahoo.
Interview with Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain about The Martian, via EW:
Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain have starred in two of the biggest science-fiction films of the last year, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Ridley Scott’s forthcoming The Martian. “Each time I get to do a few more scenes with Jessica. We got 10 minutes in this one,” Damon told JD Heyman when asked about The Martian at the PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly’s photo studio on Friday. “Then hopefully a full film next time.”
Based on the book by Andy Weir, The Martian stars Damon as Mark Whatney, a botanist who gets stranded on Mars after his crew, led by Chastain, leaves him for dead following an accident. As Whatney uses his smarts to survive, his crew and the earthbound NASA scientists devise ways to bring him home.
“When I met the screenwriter, Drew Goddard, he said he wanted the movie to be a love-letter to science,” Damon said. “I think that it is. But I think something both Drew and Andy in the book do really a really good job of is making the science understandable.”
Last night, Matt and his wife Luciana attended the premiere for The Martian at the Toronto International Film Festival, here are photos, click the thumbs for the HQs!
Matt attended today during the Toronto Film Festival a press conference for his upcoming film The Martian. He joined his castmates Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Donald Glover, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, Writer Andy Weir, screenwriter Drew Goddard and director Ridley Scott.
You can watch the press conference in the video above. Also, pictures has been added to the gallery.