Hank Williams’ Biopic ‘I Saw the Light’ Release Delayed
Hank Williams fans will have to wait a few months longer to see his biopic I Saw the Light in theaters — the film's release date has been delayed until next year.
According to Deadline, I Saw the Light will be postponed from its original release date of Nov. 28 until March 2016. This means that the film won't be a contender in the upcoming awards season, but as Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard explains, it is for the best.
"We looked at the landscape and are making a decision that I think is a good one for the film," Bernard says. "Tom Hiddleston’s got three movies out potentially, so the press is consuming him. I am watching him here in New York everywhere. And he’s going back down the river to catch the monkey."
He adds: "What we saw was I Saw The Light up against the wall in this tight race of people throwing their Oscar movies out, and it’s almost all or nothing. We thought this was a movie we could do a lot for leading up to its release that I think will put it in a much better place and we’ll be able to go for it [Oscars] next year with him and re-open it at Christmas."
Bernard further explains that by postponing the film's release, there's now more time to promote it gearing up to the holiday season. A trailer for I Saw the Light is set for release in November and it will play during all the big holiday releases, which will help give the film more exposure.
Taste of Country attended the film premiere in Nashville over the weekend and spoke with Hiddleston. While some have criticized the British actor's performance, including Hank III, Hiddleston says he let this fuel his performance.
"A great weakness of my character is that when people tell me I can't do something, it’s like a red rag to a bull," he insists. "It makes me want to do it even more."
I Saw the Light will be released in theaters on March 25, 2016.
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