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Another win-lose for Grindhouse. After having its release date placed on hold in the UK, things began to look dire for the Rodriguez/Tarantino double feature. We were told that the UK distributors were working out a way to split the film into two parts, with each part longer than what we saw here in the US. Only a week after the announcement of the delayed release, Momentum Pictures has confirmed that Grindhouse will most definitely be split with Death Proof to be the first of the two films to arrive in theatres.
Grindhouse Split- Death Proof First Up in UK
Though a Grindhouse split had always been planned for a number of territories, the film was originally intended to be seen as a 'double feature' by British moviegoers. Thanks to poor box office receipts in the States, international distributors were forced to rethink their approach on how to properly release the film(s).
Last week Momentum Pictures delayed the release of Grindhouse and would only give a 'TBA' on expected release date. Today it has been announced that Death Proof will likely hit British theatres first on September 21st.
No release date has yet to be given on Planet Terror.
Though Grindhouse did poorly at the domestic box office, Harvey Weinstein is still proud of what both Tarantino and Rodriguez has accomplished.
"We are very proud of Grindhouse, [it] earned overwhelming rave reviews for its audaciousness and boldness."
"Based on U.S. audience's positive reactions to Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, combined with their resistance to the three-hour running time, we've revised our U.K. release plans to allow audiences the chance to see the films separately, like they will be shown in all international territories," Weinstein said.