Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Delayed Nine Months

Chris Hemsworth Starring Film

While we’re waiting this year’s Oscar nominations, it appears likely Warner Bros. is already making a play for award time next year. Or, to put it another way, anyone hoping to see Ron Howard‘s true story drama soon will be disappointed.

Chris Hemsworth-starring In the Heart of the Sea has been pushed back nine months from originally slated March 13 to December 11, 2015, putting it one week after Disney’s highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but in the heart of awards season contention.

Warner Bros. has also pushed Jaume Collett-Sera-directed action film Run All Night, starring Liam Neeson from April 17, 2015 to March 13, 2015.

In the Heart of the Sea is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s book of the same name, which recounts the real-life maritime disaster that would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

Hemsworth portrays the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase, with Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Benjamin Walker, and Ben Whishaw also among the cast. Howard is directing from a script by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond).

It’s good and bad at the same time. It’s good because the CG looked like shit and they feel it could do well during next year’s awards season, but it’s too bad because it will be slaughtered by Star Wars‘ Box Office.

Ron Howard True Story Drama