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Constantin Film, Germany’s leading independent studio, has brought up the release of three films —including Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich—to help local theaters fill the void left by studios pushing their 2020 tentpoles to next year.
Constantin will release Monster Hunter in Germany Dec.3, three weeks ahead of Sony’s U.S.release of the film on Dec. 30. The German studio co-produced Paul W. S. Anderson’s video game adaptation together with Japan’s Toho and China’s Tencent.
Constantin has brought up the release of its local-language crime comedy Kaiserschmarrndrama to Nov. 12 —the date Sony had planned to bow the new James Bond film No Time to Die in Germany, before the studio pushed the film to April 2021—and will bow Sönke Wortmann’s Contra, another German comedy, on Dec. 23 instead of Jan. 14 as originally planned.
In addition to the new releases, Constantin will also release animation title Dragon Rider in Germany this year, on Oct. 15, and, on Dec. 17, bow the final film in its hit Ostwind children’s franchise.
Another new German title, the kids’ adventure film Jim Button and the Wild 13, produced by Constantin’s Rat Pack Filmproduktion and released by Warner Bros. locally, is currently No. 1 on the German box office charts. It displaced Warner Bros.’ Tenet at the top spot.
Constantin’s move was welcomed by German theater owners, who have been rattled by studios shuffling their tentpole release calendars.
“We would like to express our thanks to all distributors who supported German cinemas in this extremely critical situation caused by the pandemic, in particular Constantin Film and Warner Bros. for their great solidarity,” said Christine Berg, chair of German exhibitors group HDF Kino. “Cinemas will do everything they can to exploit these films successfully. We hope that other distributors will follow suit and do their part to work with the cinemas to overcome this crisis together.”
Cinemas operations worldwide are in crisis mode following the decision this week by multiplex giant Cineworld to temporarily close or keep shut all of its locations in the U.K. and the U.S. International theaters are hoping that local-language titles can fill the gap left by Hollywood tentpoles that have moved or been dropped from the calendar.
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