It was certain to happen. Someone blinked, and it was Gramercy Pictures & Focus Features. A few days after 20th Century Fox switched around dates and moved up its Matt Damon-Jessica Chastain sci-fi film The Martian to the very crowded weekend of October 2, Gramercy and Focus decided to move its action thriller London Has Fallen from that date and off its 2015 slate.
The Olympus Has Fallen follow-up, which returns stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhardt and Morgan Freeman, will still go wide but has been moved to January 22. The move puts London Has Fallen on the same weekend as Lionsgate’s Criminal, starring Gary Oldman and Kevin Costner. That means two London-set action thrillers on the same date. Also bowing on that day is a horror film from New Line and Sony’s faith-based Risen, starring Tom Felton and Joseph Fiennes. Both are Millennium Films … something’s gotta give.
In addition to The Martian, October 2nd is now home to The Weinstein Co.’s Adam Jones starring Bradley Cooper and Sony’s The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.