Open Road Sets Cinematic Citizen for 2016 Bow

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Open Road Films removed Oliver Stone’s Snowden from its Dec. 25 slot. The biopic, led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as (who else?) controversial NSA contractor Edward Snowden, has yet to find a new release date.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Concussion with Will Smith Nad Gugu Mbatha-Raw!) and Joy with Jennifer Lawrence are currently slated to hit theaters nationwide on Dec. 25, as are (God help us) Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Daddy’s Home with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and the Point Break remake; The Hateful Eight and The Revenant arrive at select locations.

Maybe Open Road bumped Snowden to avoid the holiday glut of new releases; the distrib may be gearing to push Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight this season. With raves out of Telluride and Venice and a spot at Toronto, the drama may land nods for McCarthy and Josh Singer’s original script, performances from Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Keaton, and maybe even the top prize. Spotlight hits select locations on Nov. 6.

With Snowden out of the running, Gordon-Levitt’s only (sort-of) Oscar hopeful now is Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, which centers on French high-wire artist Philippe Petit – subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire (2008) – whose crossing of the World Trade Center’s twin towers in 1974 was deemed “the artistic crime of the century.”

Despite Gordon-Levitt’s shaky accent in the trailers, the Sony release will kick off the New York Film Festival later this month. Then again, that probably has more to do with Zemeckis’ NYFF pull than The Walk as a film, so maybe I shouldn’t have too much faith in this one, which hits IMAX locations on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and nationwide on Friday, Oct. 9.

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