March Won't Be the Season of the Witch
02.19.10 by Ryan
Lionsgate started the publicity campaign for Season of the Witch in November, premiering a couple trailers for the upcoming movie, which was set for release in March. Now the movie has no release date at all. Variety reports that Lionsgate has pulled the movie from its March 19 release date without giving an explanation or another release date.
Directed by Dominic Sena, Season of the Witch is not a clever reworking of the 1982 Halloween sequel Halloween III: Season of the Witch. The movie stars Nicolas Cage as a 14-century knight with an American accent who must transport a suspected witch to a monastery. Cage's reunion with his Gone in 60 Seconds director was to open just a month before Cage appeared in the comic book adaptation Kick-Ass, and it is possible that Lionsgate wanted to wait until Kick-Ass opened before releasing Season of the Witch.
Another reason for the move may have been the crowded competition Season of the Witch faced: the popular kids book adaptation Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the rock and roll bio pic The Runaways (starring Kristen Stewart), the romantic comedy The Bounty Hunter (starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston), and the movie most likely in conflict, the sci-fi actioner Repo Men (with Jude Law), all open on March 19.