It was a long time coming after having been shelved a few times because of Relativity’s financial turmoil and subsequent bankruptcy proceedings, but the heist comedy Masterminds — produced by Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn and starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and the Ghostbusting trio of Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — finally will get its theatrical release next month.
Masterminds was set to go in October 2015, before and there was even an ad spend for the film and before it was sidelined by complications of lawsuits from a company that had put up P&A money and wanted to take control of the asset. Relativity emerged from bankruptcy, and this is the first film to bow from the company in a year. The heist comedy, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will open in wide release in what clearly is a counterprogramming move. Other films on the scheduled is Lionsgate’s Deepwater Horizon and 20th Century Fox’s Tim Burton-helmed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Written by Chris Bowman & Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey, the action comedy inspired by true events is about an ordinary guy who becomes involved in a heist of a lifetime. It hits theaters September 30. Take a look at the latest trailer here.