Universal wants you to be aware of some schedule changes and announcements so you can continue to make your movie plans for 2013 (you are working on that, aren’t you?).
First up–”Mama,” the supernatural thriller directed by Andres Muschietti and produced by Guillermo del Toro, will open on January 18, 2013. It’s up against “Broken City” with Mark Wahlberg and “The Last Stand,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Universal says “‘Mama’ tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. It stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse.
“Rush” directed by Ron Howard, is set to be released on September 20, 2013. It is currently the only release scheduled for that date. No competition! The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.
Universal enthusiastically describes it this way: “Set against the sexy, glamorous and spectacular golden age of Formula 1 racing, ‘Rush’ portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed – handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Following their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.
And finally, the studio is moving “Oblivion” from April 26, 2013 to two weeks earlier on IMAX screens (4/12) and one week earlier in theaters everywhere (4/19). They must like what they’ve seen so far. “Oblivion” stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo (Universal loves Nikolaj Coster-Waldau!).
Universal says: “The film takes place on a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, where one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.”
And since it’s Tom Cruise, there will be plenty of running.