A six-week standoff has ended between 20th Century Fox and Buena Vista over which studio’s hijack picture would commandeer the June 6 weekend.
According to exhibition sources, Fox on Friday pushed back “Speed 2: Cruise Control” to June 13, ceding the earlier date to BV’s “Con Air.” Fox execs would not confirm the move.
Meanwhile, in other summer schedule scrambling, Paramount will likely move its Jim Carrey starrer “The Truman Show” back to the holiday season. The Peter Weir-helmed drama had tentatively been scheduled for Aug. 8.
In mid-February, Fox moved “Speed 2” off of its original July 2 release date to avoid going head-to- head with Sony Pictures’ sci-fi adventure “Men in Black” and the Fox/Paramount co-production “Titanic.”
But that put the big-ticket “Speed” sequel — about a hijacked ocean liner — in direct competition with “Con Air,” an actioner about a hijacked prison transport plane.
While some had speculated that Disney’s Buena Vista would blink first and reschedule “Con Air,” it was Fox that made the first move.
One possible reason, according to sources close to the studio, is that “Speed 2” may not be completed in time for the original June 6 date.