New Release Dates Announced for TWC’s ‘The Founder’ and ‘Lion’ along with A24 Moving ‘The Lobster’ out of March

michaelkeaton-mcdonalds-combo-tsrThree big release date changes were announced earlier today.  Two came from the Weinstein Company as they move John Lee Hancock’s “The Founder” with Michael Keaton to August 5, 2016 and Garth Davis’ “Lion” with Dev Patel to November 25, 2016.

The other comes from Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster,” which has been confirmed to no longer be opening on March 11. A24 Films will now be releasing the film, and a new release date will follow shortly.  This is certainly not a bad sign as the film has received outstanding reviews during its festival run (you can read my review from NYFF last year here), and will be a contender this coming year in categories like Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Colin Farrell), and Best Picture.

Check out details below for the films, as well as the newly updated Oscar Predictions in Best Picture for Oscars 2017.

THE FOUNDER

In:  8-5-2016, Wide
Out:  11-25-2016, Limited
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Written by: Robert D. Siegel
Produced by: Don Handfield, Karen Lunder, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Ryder
Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern, BJ Novak, John Carroll Lynch

Synopsis: Written by Robert Siegel (BIG FAN), THE FOUNDER is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion dollar empire.

LION

In:  11-25-2016, Limited
Distributor:  The Weinstein Company
Directed by:  Garth Davis
Written by:  Luke Davies, Based on the true story A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
Produced by:  Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Angie Fielder
Cast:  Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman
Genre: Drama
Runtime:  TBD
Language: English
Rated: TBD

Synopsis:  Adapted from the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, LION is about a five-year-old Indian boy who, after a wrong train takes him thousands of miles away from home and family, survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only the scantest of clues, he learns of a new technology called Google Earth, and sets out to find his lost family.