Warren Beatty‘s mysterious film about Howard Hughes, years in the making and shuffled among various studios, will finally land in theaters this fall from New Regency and distributor Fox, TheWrap has learned.
Beatty has reportedly been developing the film since 1976, days after the reclusive billionaire’s death. The project was set up at Paramount until 2011, when Arnon Milchan brought the film over to New Regency.
The film was shot over several years, with another round of shooting taking place in Los Angeles last year, according to a lengthy history of the project published in the New York Times. The script has evolved to the point where the plot may not be exclusively about Hughes, the Times said.
The fall release is clearly targeting the film for awards-season attention, a machine that Milchan is all too familiar with given his three consecutive tours with (in chronological order) “12 Years a Slave,” “Birdman” and “The Revenant.”
Beatty made an appearance on Wednesday at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas, on hand to present Milchan with the exhibitor convention’s “Legend of Cinema” prize.
The annual convention of movie theater owners runs through Thursday.