Originally expected to be one of Sony's leading Oscar contenders last winter, "All the King's Men" has finally found a new release slot this September.
Steve Zaillian's adaptation of the Robert Penn Warren novel was scheduled to open last Dec. 16, but Columbia Pictures elected to hold the film back, explaining that the editing process just wasn't complete. At the time, Sony execs hinted that "King's Men" might be held back until Oscar season of this year, but instead the historical drama will open on Friday, Sept. 22.
"King's Men" stars Sean Penn as Willy Stark, a populist governor in the mold of Huey Long. Jude Law plays journalist Jack Burden. The all-star cast also features Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslet, Patricia Clarkson and James Gandolfini.
In its Sept. 22 weekend, "All the King's Men" will face logical competition from Paramount's "Jackass 2." Although that sequel is likely to earn the most coin, critical adulation may be reserved for that weekend's two limited releases, "Running With Scissors" and Christopher Guest's latest comedy "For Your Consideration."