Lexi Alexander, director of Punisher: War Zone, has news about the first screening of the film. The director posted an update to her blog, LexiAlexander.com, where she reveals that the screening went well, and that the film has had its release moved to December 5, 2008.
I spoke to Ray Stevenson on the phone a couple of days ago. He is still in New Orleans, playing a Vampire. I wanted to update him on how the director's cut screening went which he knew was happening on April 1st. (I thought it was fitting, fools day) ;-)
See, what a lot of people don't know about Ray is that besides his wicked acting skills, he is also funny as hell. He answered the phone with: "So, how much of a committee cut are we going to end up with?" I almost fell out of my chair laughing and trust me, I needed a good laugh that day. A screening like that is pretty tense. You sit there thinking: "Fuck, what if I'm crazy and I made a piece of shit film?"
Well, thank God it went well and, although I'll probably have to compromise on a few minor notes, it's not nearly as bad as some of my filmmaker friends predicted it would be. I guess I got away with an actual okay studio experience (knocking on wood since it's not quite over yet).
They also moved our release date to December 5th, which is, according to my reps, a much, much better date. I myself would have thought that people will think twice about going to see an extremely violent movie the closer it gets to Jesus' B-day, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or whatever other holy holiday you're celebrating. Well, the box office records prove different and instead, all you sick fucks get more blood thirsty that time of year. (And I say that with lovingly affection, cause I'm relying on all the sick fucks to show up).
Alexander also posted an image from the set for the fans.
CLICK HERE to see the picture.
Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.
Punisher: War Zone stars Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchinson, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok, Colin Salmon and Julie Benz, and was directed by Lexi Alexander. The films explodes into theatres September 12, 2008.