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Sony shuffles ‘Carrie,’ ‘The Call’

King horror remake closer to Halloween; Berry thriller takes its place

Sony Pictures has pushed back Screen Gems’ “Carrie” remake from March 15 to Oct. 18, where Kimberly Peirce’s adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel will be better positioned for Halloween moviegoing.

Brad Anderson’s “The Call,” a thriller starring Halle Berry that was formerly titled “The Hive,” will take over the March 15 release date.

Additionally, Sony has moved up George Clooney’s “Monuments Men” from Dec. 20 to Dec. 18, giving it a full week in theaters before the Christmas holiday. Studio has also bumped back the Idris Elba-Taraji P. Henson thriller “No Good Deed” from Oct. 18 to Jan. 17, 2014, which is the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Call,” set in a 911 call center, features Berry as an emergency operator who must face her own fears to save a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) from a disturbed killer.

Pic screened for a test audience in early November and scores were even higher than anticipated, prompting Sony to reconsider its release plans. A source with knowledge of that plan tells Variety that Sony will likely release “The Call” on 2,800 screens with a P&A budget of roughly $30 million, as studio execs believe it could be a sleeper hit.

“The Call” will now open against New Line’s magician comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and Oscilloscope’s “Reality,” a foreign film directed by Matteo Garrone (“Gomorrah”).

Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore topline “Carrie,” which will now be released on the same day as another Moore movie, WB/Legendary’s fantasy pic “The Seventh Son,” as well as Luc Besson’s “Malavita” starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. “Carrie” arrives in theaters one week after fellow high-profile remake “Oldboy,” and one week before “Paranormal Activity 5,” the latest installment in a franchise that has dominated the month of October for the last several years.

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