Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck star in the upcoming erotic thriller Deep Water which was set to hit cinemas next month until Disney pulled it – now it has been sent to streaming.
Update: After being pulled from cinema release schedules yesterday, it has been revealed that Deep Water will now debut on streaming platform Hulu in the US and on Amazon in all other areas. Disney’s decision is believed to be based off the back of West Side Story‘s soft opening weekend, which further adds to the belief within the company, following the underwhelming performance of Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, that there is no viable space for grown-up, non IP-related drama in cinemas at the moment.
If that’s the case, it’s a fairly contentious move, given that the success of Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci suggests otherwise, not to mention the fact that Disney simply isn’t marketing films strongly that it’s inherited from the Fox acquisition, in order to lead them to profit. Whether West Side Story should be used as a barometer to predict the box office success of an erotic thriller is questionable too, give how musicals in particular have struggled over the course of the last year.
Anyway, Amazon is the place you’ll be able to find Deep Water come mid-January when the film releases, assuming that the release schedule has remained intact.
Original story follows:
Deep Water has had a tough journey to the screen, and that gauntlet looks set to run for a while longer yet, with the news that Disney has pulled the film from its release schedule, less than a month before it was set to hit screens.
The erotic thriller was produced under the New Regency banner of Fox, meaning Disney acquired it when it purchased Fox and its entire library of films. The project has a history of problems, originally languishing in development hell for years when director,Mike Nichols was attached to it back in 2013. But then once on track, its release date was pushed back significantly by the factors surrounding the pandemic.
There’s a high degree of interest in the project, not least because of its stars, but principally because the film marks a return to directing for Adrian Lyne, the director who thrust the erotic thriller genre into the spotlight back in 1987 with Fatal Attraction. Lyne hasn’t made a film since 2002’s Unfaithful.
Deep Water ‘follows a married couple, held together only due to a strange arrangement between the two; however, when that goes awry, they begin to play mind games against each other, causing others around them to die mysteriously.’
Hopefully the project is quickly added back onto the release schedule by Disney, but we’ll simply have to wait and see if and when that happens. We’ll certainly let you know when we hear more.
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