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When will 'Apollo 18' land?

April 29, 2011 |  5:06 pm

It's become a piece of information as elusive as a NASA launch code: When in the name of Robert Goddard is "Apollo 18" hitting theaters?

Apollo18 The found-footage movie imagines that the famed scrapped lunar mission really happened, with the astronauts facing some horrific consequences when they arrived on the moon (trailer below if you'd like a refresher). When the film was signed up by the Weinstein Co.'s genre division, Dimension Films, last fall,  the company announced an ambitious March 4 date. That soon became an April 22 release date, and then an Aug. 12 date, as filmmakers needed more time to get the movie shot and edited.

The horror/science-fiction hybrid, from Spanish genre filmmaker Gonzalo Lopez Gallego, this week was shuffled to January 2012. But a few days later, it moved back to August, this time to Aug. 26, after  "Final Destination 5," a formidable competitor among the genre crowd, moved off Aug. 26 to Aug. 12.

If that isn't more complicated than a NASA rocket diagram, the story gets more knotty still. The "Final Destination" move to Aug.  12 prompted the genre movie that was already on that date -- the Guillermo del Toro-produced "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" -- to get the heck out of the way and move to...Aug. 26.

That means that both "Apollo 18" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" sit on the same end-of-summer weekend, a situation that at least one distribution expert feels is untenable given that both appeal to the same horror crowd. So it's likely one of them -- possibly "Apollo 18" -- will move again.

At this point it may be simpler just to go to the moon.



'Apollo 18' looks to explain the reason we never went back

--Steven Zeitchik



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