Vampire Academy and A Haunted House 2 Get New Release Dates
Vampire Academy fans will get an early Valentine's Day present as this adaptation of the popular Richelle Mead YA novel series from the director of Mean Girls and the writer of Heathers gets released one week early, arriving now on February 7 instead of Valentine's Day.
The Weinstein Company release was up against a trio of romances all vying for that important Valentine's Day audience. This year, the remakes About Last Night and Endless Love bring a bit of reimagined nostalgia, while the fantasy-tinged Winter's Tale featuring an ensemble led by Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe, hopes to bring romance enthusiasts something new.
Vampire Academy, which revolves around a boarding school for young blood suckers in training and their human companions, is now going up against the franchise starter The Lego Movie, which promises to be one of the biggest family movies of the year, especially with its built in brand recognition.
The Weinstein Company has also done a little more shuffling with their 2014 schedule. They have pulled Grace of Monaco, a biopic starring Nicole Kidman, off their docket completely for a second time, leaving it without a domestic due date. And they've bumped their other biopic One Chance, about Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts, into Grace of Monaco's just vacated March 14 slot.
Open Road Films is also doing a little release date shuffle of its own. They are moving the spoof sequel A Haunted House 2, which finds Marlon Wayans moving into a new home with a new wife, by three weeks. Its debut date changes from March 28 to April 18. This puts it right up against Transcendence, The Dark Knight trilogy cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut starring Johnny Depp. Transcendence actually gets a one day head start, as it will be released on April 17.