THE GREY gets a Release Date - Liam Neeson Best Actor Worthy

A-Team director Joe Carnahan's new thriller The Grey has been given a release date, and it will hit theaters on January 27th 2012. The film stars Liam Neeson, and it sounds like it will be a pretty intense film. 

Neeson's character in the film leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements – and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt – before their time runs out.

There is also talk that the film could end up getting a limited two theater release before the year ends so that Neeson will be able to qualify for a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for his role in the film. Is the movie really going to be that good? It sounds like it, the film was purchase by Open Road for almost $8 million dollars and a $25 million P&A commitment for U.S. rights. According to Deadline they all saw Neeson's performance as Oscar bait. Oh! The studios were only shown 30 minutes of footage from the film. This sounds like it could be incredible. 

Here's some more information form the press release:

LOS ANGELES, CA, August 11, 2011 – Open Road Films will release the highly anticipated, action-packed survival thriller, The Grey, in theaters nationwide on January 27, 2012. The Grey stars Liam Neeson and is directed by Joe Carnahan (A-Team, Smokin’ Aces, Narc); it was produced by Liddell Entertainment. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films.

The Grey also features Frank Grillo (upcoming Warrior and Lay The Favorite), Dermot Mulroney (Burn After Reading, About Schmidt), Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife, 3:10 To Yuma), Joe Anderson (Across The Universe, upcoming ABC series The River), James Badge Dale (upcoming World War Z, The Conspirator, HBO’s The Pacific), Nonso Anozie (upcoming Conan The Barbarian, Atonement, RocknRolla).

The Grey is produced by Jules Daly, Joe Carnahan, Ridley Scott and Mickey Liddell. Executive producers are Tony Scott and Jennifer Hilton as well as Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson and Marc Butan of Inferno Entertainment.