- Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, “Amityville: The Awakening” is The Weinstein Company’s first release.
- It’s only playing in 10 theatres.
- The movie is as cursed as the topic it’s based on.
You probably didn’t hear about it, but this weekend The Weinstein Company is releasing its first movie since the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“Amityville: The Awakening,” is a release through the company’s genre arm, Dimension Films, which is run by Bob Weinstein. It’s only going to be released on 10 screens, according to Exhibitor Relations, and is opening on Saturday.
Saturday is a very peculiar release date as almost all movies open in theatres on Fridays and often have preview screenings late Thursday nights. (Business Insider contacted The Weinstein Company and Blumhouse to comment on why it’s opening on a Saturday, but didn’t get a response.)
But that’s just the start of what looks to be a cursed project.
The movie, produced by Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions (behind “Get Out” and “Split”), was originally announced in 2011 to be a found-footage horror titled “Amityville: The Lost Tapes.” However, after a few years of delays, the movie was completely rewritten by the current director Franck Khalfoun and titled just “Amityville.” In 2014, it was announced Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh would star in it.
Finally going with the title “Amityville: The Awakening,” it was shot in May of 2015 and was originally to be released in January 2015. Following more release date changes, negative test screenings, and reshoots, the movie was set for release in June 2017.
But that never happened.
The movie was a plan for The Weinstein Company/Dimension/Blumhouse to reboot the classic 1979 original movie, “The Amityville Horror,” which was based on the true story of newlyweds who moved into a house where a mass murder occurred and began to experience strange happenings. A previous reboot was done in 2005 starring Ryan Reynolds.
The “Amityville: The Awakening” saga is just the latest roller-coaster journey for a movie released by TWC.
The most recent happened to “Tulip Fever,” the 17th century period drama starring Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz, which was finally released in September after countless release date changes since 2015.
But “Amityville” also has to deal with the Harvey Weinstein scandal as well. The movie is TWC’s first release since it was revealed over three weeks ago in stories, done by the New York Times and The New Yorker, that its founder allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted women for over three decades.
And it’s hard to tell if TWC will have another release after “Amityville.”
While there are reports that the company may be sold to Colony Capital, the release date for its end-of-year awards contender “The Current War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, has been pulled. While its other big upcoming title, “Paddington 2,” is trying to get out of its distribution deal with TWC.
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