Release dates come into Focus

Burton fantasy '9' will bow on apt date; Jarmusch, Coens also slotted

Focus Features on Monday locked down domestic release dates for pics by Jim Jarmusch and the Coen brothers as well as one of two 2009 releases titled "9."

Focus' "9" is a Tim Burton- produced animated fantasy with a voice cast topped by Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly. It is newly slotted for Sept. 9 — 9/9/09.

Separately, the Weinstein Co. has set its Rob Marshall-helmed adaptation of the stage musical "Nine" to bow wide Nov. 25, on the cusp of next awards season. Weinstein also has slotted its John Cusack starrer "Shanghai" for wide release Sept. 4 after originally shooting for a late-2008 slot.

Also among Focus' slate announcements, Jarmusch's atmospheric drama "The Limits of Control" will get a platform release beginning with exclusive engagements May 22. And the Coens' "A Serious Man," a Working Title dramedy about a 1960s Midwest physics professor, has been scheduled for limited release Oct. 2.

Focus, which has the Sean Penn starrer "Milk" playing in 295 theaters, also will unspool the Henry Selick-directed stop-motion feature "Coraline" in 3-D and conventional venues Feb. 6. Other upcoming titles include "Sin Nombre," a thriller penned and helmed by Cary Joji Fukunaga ("Kofi") that is set for limited release March 20; "Away We Go," a comedy directed by Sam Mendes from a script by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida that's slotted for limited release June 5; and Ang Lee's fact-based drama "Taking Woodstock," scheduled to unspool Aug. 14 in select markets.

Focus chief James Schamus called the 2009 lineup the "most diverse" to date from the Universal specialty division. (partialdiff)
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