Two weeks after we reported New Line's absorption into Warner Bros. Pictures, and one week after we reported New Line's staff decreasing by a whopping 75%, there is a new New Line beginning to sprout.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is moving in quickly to take over distribution of New Line movies, starting with the April release of Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo. Also, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D will keep its July 11 slot, after being temporarily in release-date limbo. After New Line's downsizing, announced Feb. 28, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D moved into purgatory state with talk within corporate circles of it being moved to October or even next year.
There was initial concern that releasing the movie July 11 would conflict with Warner Bros.' July 18 release of The Dark Knight, though after screenings, it became clear their audiences were distinctive.
Meanwhile, another New Line movie could be moving in the opposite direction of Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D. The producers behind Gavin O'Connor's police drama Pride and Glory were said to be considering their options at other studios as the New Line integration continued. The movie, which stars Ed Norton and Colin Farrell, is on New Line's 2009 slate.
But that isn't the case for all. Other bigger-budgeted movies are expected to be absorbed by Warners and released through the studio, with the Reese Witherspoon-Vince Vaughn comedy Four Christmases, the ensemble Western Appaloosa, and Plan B's time-travel romance The Time Traveler's Wife among the potential candidates for a Warners release.