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Focus Features 2012 Slate (now with Dates)

Posted December 16, 2011


Focus Features has announced dates for their 2012 slate. First up is BEING FLYNN, based on Nick Flynn's memoir Another Bulls--t Night in Suck City, which is set to be released in select cities on March 2. The poignant drama, adapted and directed by Paul Weitz, features Paul Dano as Nick Flynn, a young writer who encounters his long lost father - a man who is a "great writer," at least to himself -- (played by Robert De Niro) when he checks into a homeless shelter that Nick is working at. It also stars Julianne Moore and Olivia Thirlby.

Next comes SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, a comedy written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, which is to be released on Friday April 20. As the last days of the human existence race near, Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightly) join a great cast of others, all trying to figure out the best way to deal with oblivion.

On May 25, Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM comes to select theaters. Co-written by director Anderson and Roman Coppola, and sporting an casts that includes Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton, MOONRISE KINGDOM follows the fate of two kids (newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) falling in love and trying to escape their fates in an island community off the coast of New England in the 1960s.

In addition, 2012 sees several other slated films, including the Sam Fell and Chris Butler's 3D stop-motion comedy thriller PARANORMAN (set for August 17), Roger Michell's HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, a historical drama about FDR with Bill Murray and Laura Linney; and Joe Wright's Anna Karenina, a new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece with Keira Knightly, Jude Lawy and Aaron Johnson. For complete info, go to the Focus Features press Release.