Paramount Moves Two 2012 Releases

Eddie Murphy Yellow 2011
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NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  Actor Eddie Murphy attends the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival opening night premiere of "Shrek Forever After" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on April 21, 2010 in New York City.

“A Thousand Words” is getting pushed back, while “The Devil Inside” is moving up.

Two Paramount films for 2012 are getting new release dates.

A Thousand Words is moving back from January to March 23. Meanwhile, the Paramount Insurge release The Devil Inside is moving up, from February to January 6. Both films are wide releases.

A Thousand Words stars upcoming Oscar host Eddie Murphy as a man who learns he can only speak 1,000 more words before he dies. The new release date positions the film after the Academy Awards on February 26, so it will no doubt see a boost from Murphy's high profile hosting gig. The film is directed by two-time Murphy collaborator Brian Robbins, who also directed Meet Dave and Norbit.

The Devil Inside is an Italy-set horror thriller told documentary-style about a group conducting unauthorized exorcisms. The indie acquisition by Paramount's new division dedicated to low budget films boasts a budget of just six figures. It's hoped the film will recreate the big box office success of Paramount's Paranormal Activity, which was a similar indie acquisition that grossed $193 million worldwide.