Lionsgate is apparently liking the buzz around their Western “3:10 to Yuma”, because they’ve decided to schedule the film to arrive in theaters a month earlier than expected. Instead of the planned October 5 release date, the studio will now instead bow the film September 7. According to Variety, this is to provide the film with “breathing room in the fall prestige market and more time for the studio’s kudos campaign.” Or maybe Lionsgate just wanted to get their Western out there first, before the oft-delayed Brad Pitt Western “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” could kill any audience available for Westerns (do people still go to see Westerns anymore?) when it hits theaters in limited release Sept. 21st.
A remake of the 1957 movie of the same name starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, the 2007 version of “3:10 to Yuma” stars Christian Bale and Russell Crowe as a small-time rancher and the notorious outlaw, respectively, who must meet a train (the 3:10 to Yuma) in a nearby town. Of course things get complicated when the outlaw’s gang finds out about the rendezvous.
The film is directed by James Mangold (“Copland”).