Arclight's Nicolas Cage-starring 'Outcast' Finally Gets April Screening Date In China (Exclusive)

After numerous false starts, the medieval action movie will bow at Tomb Sweeping Festival next month.

Arclight Films' 12th century war romance movie Outcast, featuring Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen and directed by Nick Powell, has been given an April 3 release date in China.

Mysteriously yanked at the last minute in September, the China release date was subsequently rebooted to mid-January.

The new release date will mean the movie can take advantage of the Chinese Tomb Sweeping Holiday on April 4 through 6.

Pre-sale of tickets for the movie has begun and are selling well.

It's never been established why Yunnan Film Group (YFG) pulled the film on the eve of its day-and-date domestic and international release in late September. The movie was a co-production with Australian-U.S. production company Arclight.

Christensen and other castmembers were in China for the launch when it was pulled. Arclight is handling international sales for the movie excluding China and North America.

Based on a screenplay by James Dormer (who penned episodes of British TV series Spooks and Strike Back), Outcast revolves around two jaded Crusaders who chose to wander off toward the East, finally arriving in western China, where they become entangled in romance and antagonism with local royalty.

There have been a host of theories about why Outcast was delayed. Some distribution sources said at the time that YFG was unhappy with the number of screens made available for the film.

The picture is a Canada-France-China co-production. It was made in English but qualified as an official co-production under the guidelines stipulated by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, with Yunnan Film Group providing more than half of the undisclosed budget.

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