‘The Green Knight’ withdrawn from UK release – The Hollywood Reporter
The green knightA24’s long-awaited Arthurian horror flick starring Dev Patel won’t hit theaters as planned in the UK
Hollywood journalist has learned that the film, from writer-director David Lowery and also starring Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan and Ralph Ineson, has been pulled from its scheduled August 6 launch, without new date given and UK cinemas urged to remove all trailers and posters until further notice. Entertainment Film Distributors are handling the film’s UK release.
Following Patel as King Arthur’s nephew Sir Gawain as he embarks on an epic quest to face off against a giant tree-like creature, The green knight Originally slated for release in the spring of 2020, but has been withdrawn due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its current release date in the United States is still set for July 30. THR reached out to A24.
While there is no official reason for the decision yet, the news – just two weeks before the film’s release – comes as the UK experiences an increase in COVID-19 infection rates in due to the Delta variant of the virus, with speculation that distributors are fearing another impending lockdown if the situation gets out of hand. However, a source suggested that a “streamer dangled a deal he couldn’t resist.” THR contacted the distributors of entertainment films.
The green knight is not the only film to be pushed out of the lineup. THR also understands that The Duke, British comedy-drama by Roger Michell starring Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren and Fionn Whitehead as Warner Bros. distributes in the UK, was removed from its September 3rd slot and moved to March / April 2022.
One insider speculated that given the current situation in the UK and increasing levels of fear of the virus, films that would primarily appeal to an older audience – which includes The Duke – were those that were postponed to later dates.
Last month it was revealed that Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated sci-fi epic, was postponed for a month in the UK and US by Warner Bros, from September 17 to October 22. film – making its world premiere in Venice – a little respite between the release of No time to die September 30 (October 8 in the US).