After initially being primed to be the first major theatrical release of the summer, the Russell Crowe-starring thriller Unhinged has pushed its release date back once again as the pandemic has seen another spike in the United States.
The film, which was originally slated to hit theaters in July, will now be hitting theaters on August 21, with the official statement confirming that though not all theaters will be open in time for the release, forecasts show that more will open up the film’s second weekend of release and that “80 percent” of moviegoers were surveyed and said they would “definitely attend” the film in theaters.
“On behalf of the U.S. exhibition community, I want to thank Solstice Studios for their commitment to bringing Unhinged to theaters and for doing their part to help reinvigorate the theatrical movie business,” John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners, said in a statement. “Movie theaters are able to safely reopen with thorough health and safety measure in many states across the country, but if studios wait until 100 percent of the theaters are open, it will be too late. We need supporters like Solstice Studios and Unhinged is the perfect film to kick off the opening of theaters to capture the last weeks of summer box office, followed by Tenet on Labor Day weekend and a strong fall schedule.”
Unhinged is a psychological thriller starring Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe ( Gladiator ) from Carl Ellsworth, the writer of Red Eye and Disturbia , and Lisa Ellzey, the producer of Warrior and Kingdom of Heaven . It takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy. “Road rage” doesn’t begin to describe what he’s about to do to her and everyone she knows.
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The film is directed by Derrick Borte ( American Dreamer ) and also stars Caren Pistorius ( Mortal Engines ), Gabriel Bateman ( Lights Out, Child’s Play ), Jimmi Simpson ( It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Westworld ) and Austin P. McKenzie ( When We Rise ).
Unhinged is slated to be the first wide release back in theaters on August 21.