Par ‘Rains’ down new itle, date on ‘Flood’

Paramount Pictures and producers Gary Levinsohn and Mark Gordon’s Mutual Film Co. have chosen a re-lease date and a new title for their Christian Slater/Morgan Freeman starrer, formerly known as “The Flood.”

The picture, about an armored car heist in a town threatened by rising flood waters, is now called “Hard Rain,” and is set to hit theaters on Jan. 16, 1998.

“The name was changed to be more accurate about what kind of a film it is,” said Levinsohn. “Because of the other films in the disaster genre, we were afraid people would think of it as a disaster film, which it’s absolutely not.”

Pic was scheduled for release last May, but the date was pushed back when it appeared the film wouldn’t be fin-ished on time. Paramount opted out of a fall release because it has another Morgan Freeman starrer, “Kiss the Girls,” on the calendar for Oct. 3.

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