Paramount today took The Moon And The Sun off its schedule just three weeks before the film was set for a wide release. The studio has not indicated its plans for the Pierce Brosnan starrer, originally slated for April 10.
A joint production with Cosmos Filmed Entertainment, Bliss Media and Lightstream Pictures, Moon And The Sun is based on the Nebula Award-wining novel by Vonda McIntyre (it beat A Game Of Thrones for the prize in 1997). It concerns plans by King Louis XIV to destroy a captured mermaid in an attempt to become immortal. When the creature is discovered, conflict arises between the king and his illegitimate daughter. Brosnan stars as Louis XIV, with Kaya Scodelario as his illegitimate daughter Marie-Josèphe and Chinese star Fan Bingbing as the captured mermaid. Benjamin Walker, William Hurt, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Paul Ireland, Pablo Schreiber, Crystal Clarke, and Rachel Griffiths also star. Producers for the film are Bill Mechanic, Kylin Mandarin, David Brookwell, Paul Currie and Hong Pang.
Meanwhile, the studio set an April 29, 2016, release date for the faith-based drama Same Kind of Different As Me. Based on the joint memoir by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, it tells the story of Moore’s struggle with poverty, mental illness and homelessness in rural Louisiana, until meeting Hall, an art dealer volunteering in a meals program who struggles to save his marriage.
The book was published by Thomas Nelson, best known for Heaven Is For Real, and the film adaptation is aimed at the same crowd who made that book’s film adaptation a hit. Fittingly, it stars Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou, Renée Zellweger, Olivia Holt and Jon Voight.
Same Kind of Different As Me will compete with Fox’s just-announced sports biopic Eddie The Eagle on that April 2016 weekend.