“The Disappointments Room,” a horror film with Kate Beckinsale, and “Before I Wake,” a thriller with Kate Bosworth, have been waiting to make it to the big screen for months. As part of the flotsam and jetsam of Relativity Studios’ bankruptcy, they’ve seen their theatrical debuts pushed back several times in recent months, and with the company still in Chapter 11, it appears that their premieres will be postponed yet again.
“The Disappointments Room” is slated to open in wide release on March 25, but Relativity has yet to debut a trailer for the picture and has not been doing any noticeable advertising push. With less than a month to go, that makes its opening unlikely, sources tell Variety. The film was originally slated to open on Sept. 25, 2015, but was taken off the release calendar after Relativity filed for bankruptcy protection.
“Before I Wake” is currently scheduled for a wide release on April 8, and while that film does have a trailer, there hasn’t been a concerted marketing campaign behind it. The picture was originally supposed to be released on May 8, 2015, but was moved opposite “The Disappointments Room” on Sept. 25, 2015, before it was also taken off the schedule.
There are questions about whether Relativity is even in a position to debut the films. The company has received conditional approval to exit bankruptcy, but Judge Michael Wiles has demanded to see more proof that Relativity has raised enough capital to continue to operate, and has signed deals with its new leaders Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, before he allows the studio to leave Chapter 11. Nothing has been filed with the court yet that addresses those concerns.
There are additional legal challenges. These films are part of a lawsuit from RKA Film Financing, which says it is owed more than $75 million for promotional loans. The film financing company claims the money was diverted to Relativity’s general operating expenses instead of being used for marketing and distribution expenses.
Relativity is not due back in court until March 9.