Paramount Pictures has pushed back the theatrical release of Infinite from August 7, 2020 to May 28, 2021. That means the action thriller will debut on the beginning of the rather lucrative Memorial Day weekend.
With the Aug. 7 slot available, Paramount has decided to open its delayed The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run on that date. Infinite is one of latest high-profile summer 2020 movies to change its release plan due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In response, numerous theaters across the nation have closed and major studios have altered the releases for their projects.
Infinite is an adaptation of 2009 novel The Reincarnationist Papers, which centers on a group of near-immortal men and women known as “the Infinite” who are constantly reincarnated over the centuries. To defeat an evil mastermind, the group must rely on a man, played by Wahlberg, who is a self-medicated suicidal individual suffering from schizophrenia. In hopes to save humanity from doom, the Infinites unlock his memories, in which he realizes that all of his vivid dreams are actually memories of past lives.
Directed by Training Day‘s Antoine Fuqua, the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ian Shorr and John Lee Hancock wrote the screenplay, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura (The Matrix) producing alongside Mark Vahradian and Bellevue Productions’ John Zaozirny. The filmmakers have luckily completed photography and production by Christmas Eve before the pandemic began.
Fuqua and di Bonaventura, who are 11 weeks into assembling a director’s cut, have spoken to Deadline about their process moving forward, and how they have been keeping the project afloat virtually. Di Bonaventura described the editing process for this film as “If it’s too slow, you feel it. You can feel the other person’s experience. That’s the part we’re having a hard time replicating. You might think it’s the perfect length, but you find ultimate judgment in the room, together, and that’s hard to do with phone calls.”
There has been frustration amongst the editors and filmmakers that the creative process has been hindered by not being physically present and experiencing the footage as a whole. They have been working with the mindset of making their deadline the original August date. However, di Bonaventura believes that there is much to anticipate from Infinite, stating “This movie has real depth and it asks questions and it’s kind of a mind-fu*k in the best possible way. It really makes you think.”