It’ll Be Clooney vs. Clooney at Box Office

Overture, Paramount both plan early November releases for Clooney starrers, but one distributor may blink.

Last Updated: September 29, 2009 @ 4:55 PM

The always-crowded holiday movie season has its first controversy, with rival studios each slotting a George Clooney movie within a week of one another and nobody happy about the situation.

At this point, Overture has "The Men Who Stare at Goats" — a war-themed dark comedy — set for wide release on Nov. 6. One week later, Paramount has a limited opening penciled in for "Up in the Air," a dramatic comedy that generated big positive buzz at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

Clooney numbers among producers on "Goats," directed by multihyphenate Grant Heslov. Perhaps for that reason, it appears its release date is sticking, while "Air" is almost certain to move from its Nov. 13 slot.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.