The "Project Greenlight" horror opus "Feast" will still make its scheduled Sept. release date, but John Gulager's fright-fest will only have a brief theatrical window.
On Tuesday (Aug. 8) the Weinstein Co. announced that "Feast" will have its long-delayed world premiere in Las Vegas on Sept. 12, followed by late night shows beginning on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23. That run will have to merely whet appetites for the launch of the "Fest" DVD, which is now set for Oct. 17.
"We are thrilled to be able to bring this film, an incredible accomplishment for a first time filmmaker, to audiences everywhere," says Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Co. and founder of "Feast" financer Dimension Films.
"Feast" was the focus of the third season of "Project Greenlight," which jumped to Bravo after the films from the first two seasons -- "Stolen Summer" and "The Battle of Shaker Heights" -- failed to stir up any box office flames. After the script by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton was selected, "Project Greenlight" producers Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Moore and Wes Craven picked newcomer Gulager to direct the project, which focuses on a group of strangers who come together in a remote tavern to fight off some flesh-eating creatures. Balthazar Getty, Navi Rawat, Krista Allen and Judah Friedlander are among the stars.
"This is a dream come true making a movie," Gulager says. "And then it's a movie like 'Feast'! Monsters, chicks, explosions, blood, a studio film, a real budget... I mean... come on! It's a really fun film that will surprise a lot of people and shock some."
The season of "Project Greenlight" ended in the spring of 2005 and "Feast" was initially expected to premiere that fall. It didn't. Last September, Damon told reporters that Dimension would release the film around Christmas. That didn't happen either. A Jan. 2006 release was also announced. That fizzed as well.
"We are thrilled to have 'Feast' open theatrically," insists Maloof Motion Pictures Chairman/CEO Phil Maloof, whose company came in to provide additional funding. "After a successful run on the festival circuit, 'Feast' has become a highly anticipated project amongst fans of the horror genre and we look forward to having it seen by moviegoers across the country."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times