Well, it looks like we can add another potential Oscar contender to this year’s awards season slate. Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper, which stars Bradley Cooper (also a producer), will now hit theaters in limited release on Christmas Day, before opening wide in January. This is the same strategy that Eastwood used to great effect with Million Dollar Baby, so perhaps this is a sign of quality? Eastwood has been very hit or miss this past decade or so, which doesn’t give me too much hope, but this is a passion project of Cooper’s, so we’ll see. Eastwood replaced Steven Spielberg, and below you can see a bit more on the project. Stay tuned for much more on American Sniper this year now that we know it’ll be in contention.
Here’s the story from Variety:
Clint Eastwood’s war pic “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper is now set to bow with a limited release on Christmas Day.
The Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow co-production pic also stars Sienna Miller and Luke Grimes and will expand to a wide release in January.
Cooper will also produce.
The move shows that the studio sees this as another awards contender. Chances are, they will give it a hard push during award season.
The film is based on the true story of a Navy SEAL sniper whose is credited with the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history.
Warners also announced that it is moving “Man from Uncle” from its January 2015 release date to August 14, 2015 and that the “Point Break” reboot will shift back a week from August 7, 2015 to July 31, 2015.
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