The mystery of
David Ayer’s World War II film, starring Pitt and
On Thursday, the London Film Festival said that the movie would close its annual gathering. But organizers called the screening the film’s “European premiere,” suggesting the
So where will "Fury" play first?
The most likely spot is the
The film, meanwhile, was nowhere to be found in the sections of the bigger and glitzier
The movie could alternatively appear in the
A New York debut would also land the film some high-profile attention as little as a few days before the movie opens commercially in the U.S.
In a less likely occurrence, the movie--whose release was just moved up a month from mid-November, a move that had analysts reading a variety of tea leaves--could bypass U.S. festivals altogether (and the spotlight of the tastemakers who attend them).
Implicit in the fest question is the nature of the movie itself, and the award possibilities thereof.
"Fury" centers on a wizened army officer named Wardaddy (Pitt) who leads a dangerous Allied mission late in the war. The period setting and high-end cast--as well as the reportedly visceral scenes of war that are miles away from more sanitized Hollywood depictions --suggests plenty of Oscar potential. On the other hand, a lot of action (not to mention promotion at the recent San Diego Comic-con) suggests the film could also tip the other way.