Will Oz give thanks for Bond or Baz?

'Quantum of Solace,' 'Australia' claim same date

Bond or Baz?

Come Nov. 26, Aussies face a tough choice: whether to see “Quantum of Solace” or native son Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia.”

Both pics are now pegged for the same date Down Under, following Fox’s recent decision to move “Australia” to capitalize on the vacancy left by Warner’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which moved to next summer. And it’s made exhibs and the respective distribs more than a bit touchy.

“It’s suicide that the two major movies of the quarter will go out on the same day,” says Kieren Dell, owner of the Majestic Cinemas.

Both pics will bow on more than 500 screens, but there are only 1,941 screens in Australia so the market would effectively be swamped by those two titles.

Sony Oz topper Stephen Basil-Jones describes Fox’s date change as “predatory,” “mean-spirited” and “arrogant.”

“It benefits no one, it’s cast a nasty cloud over the industry,” he told conference delegates at the Australia Intl. Movie Convention last week.

And while some exhibs hold out hope that either Sony or Fox will blink and move their pic, that isn’t looking likely.

“We’ve chosen our date and that’s that,” Fox’s Asia Pacific topper Sunder Kimatrai says. And Sony’s Basil-Jones says shifting the Bond pic might not be possible because star Daniel Craig is already locked into a planned publicity tour.

More News

  • Late-Night TV's Growing Problem: Maybe There's

    Late-Night TV Has a Growing Problem: Maybe There's Too Much of It

    Bond or Baz? Come Nov. 26, Aussies face a tough choice: whether to see “Quantum of Solace” or native son Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia.” Both pics are now pegged for the same date Down Under, following Fox’s recent decision to move “Australia” to capitalize on the vacancy left by Warner’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood […]

  • David Harbour'Stranger Things' event, Los Angeles,

    'Stranger Things' Season 3 Is Inspired by 1985's 'Fletch' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Bond or Baz? Come Nov. 26, Aussies face a tough choice: whether to see “Quantum of Solace” or native son Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia.” Both pics are now pegged for the same date Down Under, following Fox’s recent decision to move “Australia” to capitalize on the vacancy left by Warner’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood […]

  • U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as

    Trump Claims Social Media Platforms Stifle Conservative Voices

    Bond or Baz? Come Nov. 26, Aussies face a tough choice: whether to see “Quantum of Solace” or native son Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia.” Both pics are now pegged for the same date Down Under, following Fox’s recent decision to move “Australia” to capitalize on the vacancy left by Warner’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood […]

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg

    Jeffrey Katzenberg on Oscars' New Popular Film Category Controversy

    Bond or Baz? Come Nov. 26, Aussies face a tough choice: whether to see “Quantum of Solace” or native son Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia.” Both pics are now pegged for the same date Down Under, following Fox’s recent decision to move “Australia” to capitalize on the vacancy left by Warner’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood […]

  • Most-Anticipated Fall Movies 2018: 'A Star

    Fall Movie Preview 2018: 'Venom,' 'A Star Is Born,' 'Halloween'

    Bond or Baz? Come Nov. 26, Aussies face a tough choice: whether to see “Quantum of Solace” or native son Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia.” Both pics are now pegged for the same date Down Under, following Fox’s recent decision to move “Australia” to capitalize on the vacancy left by Warner’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood […]

  • Disney Channel logo

    TV News Roundup: Disney Channel Announces 'Coop & Cami' Premiere Date

    Bond or Baz? Come Nov. 26, Aussies face a tough choice: whether to see “Quantum of Solace” or native son Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia.” Both pics are now pegged for the same date Down Under, following Fox’s recent decision to move “Australia” to capitalize on the vacancy left by Warner’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content