'The Outpost' Plots Theatrical Run on 500 Screens in July

The Outpost - H - 2020
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The Screen Media war film, adapted from Jake Tapper's non-fiction book, will be distributed by Fathom Events nationwide.

As some states begin to partially reopen their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, Screen Media's Afghanistan war film The Outpost is planning a brief theatrical run on about 500 screens starting July 2. 

Fathom Events, owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark and Regal Cinemas, on Friday said that it would distribute the Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom film nationwide for a weeklong run in theaters. 

"As we lead into Independence Day weekend, we are honored to partner with Screen Media again, with this being the first of many first-run films on our calendar," Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said in a statement. "Screen Media realizes the value and importance of the theatrical experience as much as we do, so it’s a partnership we look forward to continuing."

The Rod Lurie-directed film, based on CNN anchor Jake Tapper's 2012 non-fiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, chronicles U.S. soldiers' clash with Taliban forces in Afghanistan at the Battle of Kamdesh in 2009. 

Fathom Events will release The Outpost in theaters on July 2, one day before an on-demand debut. Major theater chains have yet to reveal plans for nationwide reopening and safety protocols for doing so, although several high-profile films are still on the release calendar for July. 

Russell Crowe's road-rage thriller Unhinged, from Solstice Studios, is set to arrive in theaters on July 1; Warner Bros.' Christopher Nolan tentpole Tenet is still dated for July 17; and Disney has yet to move its July 24 release for its live-action Mulan. Many other studio pics have moved out of the summer corridor or have been removed from release calendars while the pandemic unfolds. 

"Independence Day is the perfect time for the country to come back to theaters," said Screen Media president David Fannon, "and The Outpost couldn’t be a better movie for them to come and experience on the big screen."