Paramount has moved back “Hot Tub Time Machine” from this Christmas to Feb. 20, 2015.
It’s a wise move by Paramount, which not only has its hands full this awards season, but steers clear of Sony’s James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview,” which recently moved to Christmas Day from its original October release date.
The day Sony moved “The Interview” to Christmas Day, TheWrap asked Paramount if it has plans to shift the “Hot Tub Time Machine” sequel, though a studio spokesperson said it did not. Insiders has predicted the delay was inevitable, as “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” doesn’t have the star power that would help it compete with “The Interview.”
“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” will now open against Open Road’s action movie “The Gunman” with Sean Penn, Disney’s inspirational sports movie “McFarland, USA” with Kevin Costner and Relativity’s western “Jane Got a Gun” with Natalie Portman.
Additionally, Paramount has pushed “Scouts vs. Zombies” from Feb. 20, 2015 to Oct. 30, 2015. That means the mash-up movie will arrive just in time for Halloween, when genre fans are hungry for more than just candy.
“Scouts vs. Zombies” currently has that release date all to itself.