‘Conspiracy’ on the move

The final piece of the summer schedule puzzle has fallen into place.

Warner Bros. will push back its Mel Gibson-Julia Roberts starrer, “Conspiracy Theory,” from its original release date of July 25 to Aug. 8.

That gets the film out of head-to-head combat with Sony’s “Air Force One,” which is set for July 25. The Harrison Ford actioner received extremely favorable reactions at exhibitor screenings Friday.

It had been widely speculated that “Theory” would find a less-crowded date, either later in the summer or in the fall.

“Theory” will have Aug. 8 virtually to itself. In anticipation of the move, Sony moved its Michael Keaton starrer “Desperate Measure” from Aug. 8 to January 1998. New Line recently shifted “Spawn” from Aug. 8 to Aug. 1.

“Conspiracy,” which also stars Patrick Stewart, is directed by Richard Donner and produced by Joel Silver.

In it, Gibson plays a paranoid cab driver whose discovery of a real conspiracy results in his being menaced by an evil FBI agent.

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