Ugh, No 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Until December

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy posterAs if waiting a month after the Brits got to see Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy wasn't enough, those of us stateside moviegoers anticipating the upcoming adaptation of John le Carre's spy thriller will have to wait even longer now as Pete Hammond at Deadline says Focus has moved the release date from November 18 to December 9. The film releases in the UK on September 16 following its Venice Film Festival premiere and I guess we can look at the move a few ways.

First, releasing in November against the likes of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Happy Feet Two may have made for good counter-programming, but any kind of performance the film may have had would have been overshadowed by broken box-office records and Twilight articles spamming the entertainment headlines. On top of that, it would have been competing for headlines against the likes of David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Martin Scorsese's Hugo just one week later. Probably a good move in that case to slide out of the pre-Thanksgiving weekend slot.

As for the December locale, the separation from the September UK release now gives the film some room to breathe, buzz to die down and time for it to build back up once again. Should the film be reviewed well, anticipation for that December release should be high as the film is obviously looked at as an Oscar contender for the likes of Best Picture and Best Actor for Gary Oldman with other categories sure to follow considering the supporting cast and talent behind-the-scenes.

On December 9, Tinker, Tailor will have a little breathing room if Focus goes wide as would be expected. That same weekend the Weinstein's will release Madonna's W.E. and Jason Reitman's Young Adult will hit limited theaters before expanding a week later, which is when Roman Polanski's Carnage and the Meryl Streep starrer, The Iron Lady will hit theaters. Counter-programming against more adult features is likely a better prospect even if it means we have to wait three weeks more to see it.

  • Stiggy

    Smart move would have been to release Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy on the 2nd of December.

  • Ian

    As long as they're still planning a wide release I'm happy. The thing about A Dangerous Method, The Descendents, Young Adult, etc. etc., is they're all limited. So unless you're in NY or LA, they're not competition concerns at all, and even then those will only open at art houses while if Tinker Tailor goes wide it'll play at mainstream theatres (in addition to some art houses as well probably). Obviously there's much less competition on 12/9 though (New Year's Eve and The Sitter are the wide releases, which Brad didn't mention). And then if it's well received it's potentially primed for a Black Swan-like run through Christmas (just comparing the release dates, they're obviously hugely different films, save that they're both going after Oscars).

  • Soho-Driver

    I won't have to wait, I live in England! I normally don't like to rub these things in, but considering you Americans get almost every single film before us, it's pretty damn nice to get one before you guys.

  • angel

    Nooooooo! Stupid Twilight. I was really looking forward to this movie. My husband and I were all excited about being the only people (okay, maybe not the ONLY people)who would be in the TTSP theater instead of the Twilight theater.

    • Stiggy

      I might sound insane but I think Happy Feet 2 has several edges against Breaking Dawn part 1

      1. Family market (That certinally helped the first Happy Feet outgun the return of 007)
      2. 3D (normally that helps animated features)
      3. Good will from the previous film (The first film was on Oscar winner afterall)
      4. A chance to see Daffy Duck in theatres again (The new Daffy Duck short, Daffy's Rhapsody, is attached to Happy Feet 2)

      • Nick

        You sound insane.

    • demonshield

      TTSP? - Tinker Tailer Soldier Pie!

      • angel

        Hey, we're allowed to make typos every once in awhile. But I like your thinking.

  • SteveHD

    This is obvious Oscars positioning to a later wide release date to keep the marketing buzz going until the ceremonies.

    Last year, King's Speech had a limited release November 26th, 2010, went wide December 24th, and won the Best Picture award February 27, 2011.

  • Kob

    Now you know how it feels when films are pushed back months after they're first shown.


    And its about time British films were shown in their country first rather than in the US, still a little miffed that you got Never Let me Go and The King's Speech months before us.

    • Stiggy

      We get Tintin early too, and that has a cast that's 100% British.

  • Irf

    Wow, forgot it's out in 2 weeks time here in the UK. That's right: 2 weeks! It'll probably out on region 2 DVD by December to get added BAFTA buzz.