‘Geronimo’ holiday pic in Col slate

“Geronimo” will be the major Christmas release of Columbia Pictures, the studio announced Wednesday.

The period Western, currently before the cameras, stars Jason Patric, Wes Studi and Oscar-winners Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall.

Directed by Walter Hill, the film fills the hole in the studio schedule left by “Wolf,” the Jack Nicholson-starrer directed by Mike Nichols. The latter film will now be Columbia’s major Easter ’94 release.

The studio officially unveiled its release plans through Memorial Day 1994, which involves 20 titles. However, titles and dates through the end of the year had been common knowledge in exhibition circles.

Early 1994 films include “My Girl 2”; “Blankman,” a superhero spoof with Damon Wayans; and sequels to “City Slickers” and “The Karate Kid.”

Mixed bag of films

The slate has a little of everything, from John Singleton’s Janet Jackson-starrer “Poetic Justice,” to family fare, to thrillers such as “Striking Distance” with Bruce Willis to high-brow fare such as Merchant Ivory’s “The Remains of the Day” and Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence.”

Some of the most striking elements for the next year include Col’s reliance on Castle Rock, which has six of the titles; the fact that half its announced 1994 titles are sequels; and a clutch of ambitious projects that will require clever marketing and shrewd filmmaking.

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