December 21, 2011

A lot of movement on the release date calendar over the past week:

  • CBS Films pushed Salmon Fishing in the Yemen back one week from March 2 to March 9, 2012.
  • Open Road set Outrun for release on August 24, 2012.
  • Relativity rescheduled Safe Haven from June 1, 2012 to Valentine’s Day 2013.
  • Lionsgate scheduled two Tyler Perry productions: The Marriage Counselor opens on July 27, 2012; We the Peeples follows on March 29, 2013.

Hit the jump for details on each movie.

[New dates via Variety and Box Office Mojo]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, and Kristin Scott Thomas star in director Lasse Hallström‘s adaptation of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.  Here is the official synopsis:

A visionary sheik has a big dream — to bring salmon fishing to the desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn his dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’s leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary latches on for its potential as a ‘good will’ story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

On March 9, 2012, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opens against John Carter, The Raven, Playing the Field, and Think Like a Man.


Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges, and Kristin Chenoweth star in Outrun. The script by Shepard follows “an ex-getaway driver (Shepard) who, after agreeing to drive his girlfriend to Los Angeles, is confronted by the authorities and his former gang.”  Shepard also co-directed the romantic action-comedy with David Palmer.

On August 24, 2012, Outrun opens against The Apparition, Premium Rush, and Sinister.

Safe Haven


No cast is attached yet, so it makes sense the studio had to push it back more than eight months.  The Valentine’s Day release date is appropriate since this is a Nicholas Sparks adaptation.  Our boy Lasse Hallström is attached to direct. Here is the book synopsis:

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven. [Amazon]

On February 14, 2013, Safe Haven opens against A Good Day to Die Hard.

Tyler Perry

Jurnee Smollett, Robbie Jones, Ella Joyce, Lance Gross, Vanessa Williams, Kim Kardashian, Brandy Norwood, and Jerry Stiller star in The Marriage Counselor.  The story centers on an Ivy League-educated marriage counselor whose marriage starts to fall apart when her husband’s parents move in: “The marriage counselor, Judith, stops practicing what she preaches when she rekindles a relationship with an old college flame.”  On July 27, 2012, The Marriage Counselor faces Neighborhood Watch and Step Up 4.


While Perry will write and direct The Marriage Counselor per usual, he is only producing We the Peeples—he still gets above-the-title billing.  Tina Gordon Chism (Drumline) wrote and directed We the Peeples, starring  Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll, and Kali Hawk.  The movie is already in the can, so it’s curious that Lionsgate picked a date so far in the future.  Here is the official synopsis:

Wade Walker is eager to propose to his girlfriend, Grace Peeples. But after a year of living together, the beautiful, successful Grace is still cagey about introducing average guy Wade to her ambitious, upper crust family. So when Grace leaves for an annual reunion at her parents’ swanky Sag Harbor compound, Wade decides to crash the gathering, charm his soon-to-be in-laws and slip a ring on Grace’s finger. However Wade’s plans go hilariously awry when he meets the high-powered, seemingly picture-perfect family who’ll do whatever it takes to keep up appearances. Wade soon finds himself caught in a web of white lies and comic dysfunction, and realizes that his only hope of ever marrying Grace means a take-no-prisoners face-off with Judge Peeples, Grace’s disapproving dad who won’t accept anything less than the very best for his favorite daughter.

On March 29, 2013, We the Peeples opens against The Host.

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