May 7, 2008 / 4:53 AM / 10 years ago

"Spirit" rises to Christmas release

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Lionsgate has moved up the nationwide release of its comic-book adaptation “The Spirit” to Christmas Day.

Writer Frank Miller attends the 2007 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California June 3, 2007. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

The film, written and directed by Frank Miller (“Sin City”) and based on the comic-book series created by the late Will Eisner, originally was slated to open January 16, 2009.

“The Spirit” stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Stana Katic, Dan Lauria, Jaime King, Paz Vega and Louis Lombardi.

Also slated to open on December 25 are Disney’s “Bedtime Stories” and Fox 2000 Pictures’ adaptation of the bestseller “Marley & Me.”

Of the move, Lionsgate president of theatrical films Tom Ortenberg said: “Comic-Con fans (in New York in March) resoundingly confirmed what we felt in our bones about ‘The Spirit’: This is a great film and an irresistible piece of entertainment. ... For all of us, it was an easy decision.”

International release dates have not yet been announced.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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