Thursday, June 27, 2013

TYAS Moves up to October 18th Release Date!

As reported by, Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years a Slave' will move up two whole months from the previously reported release date of Dec 27th to October 18th, albeit in limited release! I believe that this move is to take advantage of the festival platforms of Venice, Toronto, and New York, all happening within weeks of each other.

Here is the article from

EXCLUSIVE: The release date chess game of the Oscar-bait autumn films continues. After some exuberant test screenings, Fox Searchlight is moving the Steve McQueen-directed Twelve Years A Slave to a limited platform release that will begin October 18. The original plan for the film backed by New Regency and River Road was to start the limited platform release in late December. They felt it could thrive in the fall, instead of waiting for winter. With a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt, the film is based on the true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom in the pre-Civil War America. Ejoifor plays Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. He faces cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner played by Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindness. In the 12th year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Pitt) forever alters his life. The film also stars Beast Of The Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhan√© Wallis, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Paul Giamatti, and Lupita Nyong’o. John Ridley adapted Northrup’s memoir. Pitt and his Plan B World War Z cohorts DeDe Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner produced with McQueen, Bill Pohlad, Arnon Milchan, and Anthony Katagas.


Dionne said...

So October will be a great month! ;)

Barbara B said...

Ohhhh I am ready to cry tears of joy!!! But wait, what does limited release mean??? :-/

Simone said...

Limited release means that a movie opens in select areas first, then slowly spreads out. Like it will open in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, first, then over the next few weeks or month, other markets will get the film. The same pattern could follow for foreign locations as well.

We'll see, but I'm glad too that they are opening the film much earlier.

Vera said...

Oh, it will be released on my birthday ))))))))))))) that's funny))))) although I'll probably see it much later but anyway I'm glad the release was moved forward!!! *trying not to jump to the ceiling.

And I have the same question as Barbara, what's with this limited thing. Exclusive release for Fassinators only?)))))

Barbara B said...

Ok then, I have a request to the Fassinators from US - please no spoilers till the film gets to Eastern Europe! That's all. :-D

Martha said...

Ha, ha, ha Vera I like your way of thinking. It should be released to all Fassinators first. I really like that idea.

I am excited as I live near Chicago and will have to hunt down every theatre news to learn where this will play.

Simone is there a way to learn about these types of films. I looked for that Holy Motors movie for months and could not find where it was playing. Any tips on how to keep up to date on these special films?

To balance out such violent films I have ordered "A Bear Named Winnie" on Amazon for like $15. It's a DVD even though I prefer Blu-ray. I guess I'd rather have nothing. So hopefully I will get that sometime next week! Hooray!

Simone said...

Martha, the best way to stay on top of where these type of films are playing is going to the film's website where they will have the listings. Also, look at However, I would pay close attention to the art house theaters where you live. Esp since you live so close to Chicago, which is a city that is considered one of the 'worthy' places that get limited released films first, keep an eye out on the websites of the art houses there so you can know when a film is coming.

I saw Holy Motors at the Detroit Film Theater which is a 35 mile drive from me, and it's attached to the Detroit Institute of Arts. It's not your average theater. Glad I saw it there, it was great!

Martha said...

Thanks for the tips Simone, I will keep them in mind. I really don't want to miss TYAS. I hope I am not a mess like I was at the end of Schindler's List. I love watching films based on historical characters even when being difficult to watch, but I am such an emotional person.

Just 3 and a half months! Waiting game now.

Simone said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Simone said...

At Cinemablend, a commenter by the name of Jason wrote the following:

"A friend of mine worked on this film as PA. He said some of the scenes were so raw and emotional that some of the crew were shocked after they filmed it. The film is very much like all of McQueens other films, but highlight the brutalness of slavery. I can't wait to see it."