Trailer: Russell Crowe stars in Road Rage Thriller ‘Unhinged’ Aims for July Theatrical Release
Solstice Studios had originally dated their Russell Crowe-starring thriller Unhinged for theatrical release this September, but we’ve learned today that they’re now aiming to bring the film into theaters even earlier.
Despite none of us knowing when theaters in the United States will even be allowed to re-open, Solstice has just moved Unhinged into a July 1st, 2020 release date.
Deadline breaks the whole thing down in an article published today but the gist is that Solstice wants to be at the forefront of the theatrical resurgence, with Unhinged testing the waters before bigger films come along.
Solstice chairman/CEO Mark Gill told the site, “This is a relatively modest budget movie at a $33 million budget, and so if we earn $30 million at the box office, we will be fine. The bar for success is modest. We are launching as a company that makes films for the theatrical marketplace, and there’s no better way to demonstrate your commitment to theatrical than to be the canary in the coal mine in a post-pandemic atmosphere. We love and support the theaters and the jobs they represent, but from a business perspective, we see an opportunity to have a week or two of clear path before theaters get Mulan and Tenet.”
This is all wishful thinking on Solstice’s part, of course, as it’s entirely possible that theaters won’t even be opened back up for business by July. Even as the country takes steps to return to some sense of normalcy, it’s likely that movie theaters will be among the last businesses to come back. But Solstice is taking their shot and aiming high, hopeful they can get their mid-budget psychological thriller into a summer slot often occupied by major Hollywood blockbusters. Only time will tell how those plans pan out.
In the meantime you can check out the Unhinged trailer below, which carries strong The Hitcher vibes…
Unhinged takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of Rachel (Caren Pistorius), a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy (Crowe). Road rage doesn’t begin to describe what he is about to do to her and everyone she knows.
Gabriel Bateman (Child’s Play) and Jimmi Simpson also star.
The film is directed by Derrick Borte (American Dreamer), written by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye) and produced by Lisa Ellzey (Warrior, Kingdom of Heaven).
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