Ron Howard's 'Heart of the Sea' Pushed to Year's End

Instead, Liam Neeson's 'Run All Night' will open in its place

Two months before its scheduled release, Ron Howard's period sea epic In the Heart of the Sea is being pushed to Dec. 11, 2015.

Instead, Warner Bros. will open Liam Neeson's next film, Run All Night, on March 13, the old date for Howard's film.

Howard could be taking a big gamble: Heart of the Sea will now open only one week before J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dec. 18), although so far, it has no competition on the weekend of Dec. 11-12. And Heart of the Sea could prove as counterprogramming to Star Wars. Also, until now, Warners had nothing opening in December.

Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy and Tom Holland, and was co-produced by Warners and Village Roadshow Pictures. It is based on the real-life sinking of the whaleship Essex in 1820. The crew was lost at sea for 90 days, traveling more than 1,000 miles.

Run All Night is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and hopes to ride the coattails of Neeson's Taken 3, which is doing big business in theaters. In its new home — it was to have opened in April — Run All Night debuts opposite Disney's live-action Cinderella and Paramount's horror film Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.