New season for Sony’s ‘Springs’

Dramedy moves up to Aug. release

Sony is swapping seasons for David Frankel-helmed “Great Hope Springs,” bumping up the relationship dramedy from Dec. 14 to an Aug. 10 release.

“Hope Springs” centers on a middle-aged couple, played by Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, who, after 30 years of marriage, decide to undergo a weekend of intense marriage counseling. Pic co-stars Steve Carell and Jean Smart.

It’s unusual for a studio to opt for an earlier date — not to mention one that’s more than five months in advance.

But the move makes sense when considering that Frankel’s previous Streep-starrer “The Devil Wears Prada” did shapely summer business for Fox in 2006, grossing nearly $125 million domestically. What’s more, “Hope Springs” fills Sony’s usual femme-targeted August slot, previously served by 2010’s “Eat Pray Love” and “Julie and Julia” in 2009.

To make room for “Springs,” Sony pushed back by a week Whitney Houston music-drama “Sparkle.” Pic now is skedded to open Aug. 17.

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