Yes, reports have it now opening in April of 2016, which isn’t what I was expecting to hear, especially since it’s in play to screen still at the Toronto Film Festival. Director Jean-Marc Vallee is a bit of an Academy whisperer lately, so one wonders why this choice was made, especially since having seen Southpaw, I doubt it’s going to be what gets Gyllenhaal his Best Actor statue (he’s still excellent in it though). The plot here sure sounded like it would appeal to voters, as it follows a successful investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggling after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. He unravels continuously despite pressure from his father-in-law (Chris Cooper). He then forms an unlikely bond with a customer service rep and single mother (Naomi Watts) after writing a complaint letter to a vending machine company.
Perhaps this is just an unusual bit of positioning and we’ll see Demolition at the Cannes Film Festival next year? That’s possible too, but something tells me this now won’t be a player. We shall see, but stay tuned for more when we have it. Demolition is now hitting on April 6th of 2016, so the wait to see Gyllenhaal hopefully crush it is now a little bit longer. In the meantime, adjust your predictions accordingly.
–Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!