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‘Granite Mountain’ picked up by Sony, new release date October 20th

‘Sicario’ Sequel, ‘Granite Mountain’ Move From Lionsgate to Sony

Black Label has reached a deal with Sony Pictures to take over distribution of a pair of action-adventure films — “Granite Mountain” and “Soldado” — from Lionsgate for North America and select international territories.

Black Label and Lionsgate have not commented on why their distribution agreement collapsed. But informed sources indicated that disagreements on release dates and marketing strategies were factors.

Lionsgate is retaining the international rights on “Soldado” and on most foreign markets on “Granite Mountain.”

“Granite Mountain,” directed by Joseph Kosinski, tells the true tale of an elite crew of heroic firefighters who battled to save their hometown from a wildfire. Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly star.

“Granite Mountain” is based on the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, which killed 19 firefighters. Sony will release the film on Oct. 20 — a month later than Lionsgate’s intended Sept. 22 release date.

“Soldado” is the sequel to Lionsgate’s “Sicario.” Stefano Sollima directs the continuation of the story, with Benicio Del Toro and Brolin reprising their roles in a story of intrigue and double crosses along the border of Mexico.

Sony has not yet dated “Soldado,” which marks the second movie in a potential trilogy. “Sicario,” which also starred Emily Blunt, was released in 2015 and grossed $84 million worldwide.

Black Label Media is headed by Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. In addition to funding “Sicario,” it was also a production company on Liongate’s “La La Land.”

Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, said in a statement: “It’s rare that a studio gets the chance to pick up two films of such high caliber at once. We have a wonderful relationship with Molly, Trent and Thad, and we’re excited to be in partnership with Black Label on these exceptional movies.”

The films were acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. The deal was negotiated by Steve Bersch and Michael Helfand on behalf of SPWA and by Joe Cohen on behalf of Black Label Media. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Good news for the movie and for Taylor! Puts a little space between American Assassin and Granite Mountain. 


The community said goodbye to firefighter-paramedic Larry Heczko on Nov. 19. Heckzo, a firefighter-paramedic for 23 years, died Nov. 13 in an off-duty construction accident. Fire departments from around the region, as well as the fire department from his hometown in Connecticut, attended his funeral and joined in the procession. Hecko’s son, Mark, and daughter, Annie, wrote a letter in this week’s Press, page A7, to give their thanks to the community for the love and support shown to them.

More news about Tianjin

Live blogging from work, the perks of sitting in front of the TV:

The death toll is now 56.

One missing firefighter, 19-year-old Zhou Ti, was recovered from the debris a few hours ago. He’d been missing for 32 hours and is now in the hospital. Status unknown but thank god he’s been recovered.

The fire is now largely under control, although there are still plumes of smoke. There was a small explosion earlier at one of the shipping containers but no one was reported to be injured.

Now the challenge is determining what materials were at the warehouse at the time of the fire, and what caused the fire. Discrepancies between the company accounts and the custom officials’ make this difficult. So far only sodium cyanide, calcium carbide, potassium nitrate, and sodium nitrate have been confirmed of being in the warehouse. Chemical experts suggest that the initial firefighter team sprayed water on calcium carbide, prompting an acetylene blast that detonated ammonium nitrate, causing the second larger explosion.

Current plan of action? They’re moving the chemical containers to a safety zone, where they’ll analyze the contents. Local fire chief, Zhou Tian, said that this process will be slow, due to the unpredictable chemical cocktail in the warehouse. The mixture could result in another dangerous reaction any time. For now, the 6,000 people who have been displaced from their homes have taken up shelter inside schools.

It goes without saying that Ruihai Logistics, the owner of the warehouse where the explosions originated from, violated the safety rules- namely that dangerous materials must be stored at least 1km away from public buildings and main roads. In response, the Cabinet had announced a national crackdown on the illegal handling of dangerous chemicals and explosives.
[on a story about a teenage boy performing a heroic act] Yea, too bad that would NEVER happen with teenage girls- when was the last time one of them ever stopped to help anyone? Or any female anywhere for that matter? In other words, men of ALL ages are the ONLY one rescuing or saving anyone ever. Does 19 firefighters in Arizona dying ring a bell? Yea, they were all MEN.

Manslation: I am going to deliberately exclude women from jobs that would pay them to frequently physically rescue people from immediate danger and then blame women for not holding jobs where they frequently physically rescue people from immediate danger. I am also going to discourage the average woman from becoming physically strong and then blame the average woman for not being physically strong. I am going to ignore all the kinds of heroic acts that don’t involve immediate physical danger, as well as the literally countless acts of heroism by women that would meet even that single criterion.