Lionsgate to release ‘Buried’ on Sept. 24

Thriller stars Ryan Reynolds as a man buried alive

Lionsgate has set Sept. 24 as a release date for Ryan Reynolds thriller “Buried” with plans for a limited launch, followed by a wide opening two weeks later on Oct. 8.

“Buried” was the first major feature pickup of the Sundance Film Festival this year. Pricetag for the project, centered on a private contractor who’s kidnapped in Iraq and buried alive, was believed by insiders to be in the $3 million to $4 million range after its world preem whipped up buzz.

“Buried” is directed by Spanish helmer Rodrigo Cortes, written by Chris Sparling and produced by Peter Safran and Adrian Guerra.

A quartet of wide openers has been set for Sept. 24 — Fox’s sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Warner’s amimated “Legend of the Guardians,” Disney’s comedy “You Again” and Focus drama “Eagle of the Ninth.” Disney’s drama “Secretariat” and MGM’s comedy “Zookeeper” are set to launch Oct. 8.

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