UPDATE, 4:09 PM: Warner Bros has filled another slot in its early 2015 release date calendar, saying today it will drop the Liam Neeson-starrer Run All Night, the Brad Ingelsby actioner, on February 6, 2015. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing in a reteam with Neeson who combined to make Unknown and the upcoming Non-Stop. Neeson plays a mob hitman who, in a single night, is forced to take on his former boss. The guy also has to protect his son and family, and winds up on the run from the mob and the authorities. Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris and Vincent D’Onofrio co-star.
PREVIOUS, THURSDAY AM: Guy Ritchie’s Man From U.N.C.L.E will be released January 16, 2015, which is the start of the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend, Warner Bros said today. Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Luca Calvani star in the pic, a big-screen update of the 1960s TV series. This is the project that forced Warners to go back to Square 1 a couple of times, first when Steven Soderbergh was ready to direct and George Clooney to star. After Soderbergh and Clooney left, Warner Bros recruited Ritchie and then landed Tom Cruise for the lead alongside Hammer. Cruise departed last May to focus on Mission: Impossible 5. Cavill then came aboard as CIA agent Napoleon Solo opposite Hammer’s KGB operative Illya Kuryakin, who team amidst the Cold War to stop a global criminal organization. Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Grant co-star.
U.N.C.L.E enters a weekend that, at the moment, sits alongside the untitled Michael Mann cyberthriller from Legendary and Universal that stars Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis, Fox’s Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe from Lucky Number Slevin director Paul McGuigan, and two comedies — Norm Of The North (Rob Schneider) and the Kevin Hart film The Wedding Ringer from producers Will Packer and Adam Fields. U.N.C.L.E. is hoping to capitalize on the four-day MLK holiday which is one of the bigger moviegoing weekends of the year. This past year was a record-breaker, led by the $41.5M-plus opening of Ride Along, which starred Hart and Ice Cube.
Warners today also set a February 27, 2015 release date for Focus, the Will Smith-Margot Robbie grifter tale from John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, who produced the movie through their Zaftig Films banner alongside Denise DiNovi. Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart were both aboard to star in the con-artist comedy at one point.