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After beating around the bush on when moviegoers would actually be able to see Alpha Dog, New Line Cinema has abandoned the film entirely. Keep up hope, however, as Universal Pictures seems keen to give the film a wider release.
Alpha Dog Gets Universal
A drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), Alpha Dog is the story of a young drug dealer named Johnny Truelove along with his friend Frankie who kidnap Zack Mazursky, the younger brother of a guy who has unpaid debts with Johnny and his crew. Though Zack is a mark, he forgets that he has been taken prisoner due to new friends, drinking and girls. Even though he has multiple opportunities to run, Zack remains under the custody of Johnny. Unfortunately, Zack does not know the fatal conclusion that awaits him.
According to Variety, Alpha Dog will now be distributed by Universal.
Universal plans to open the pic on more than 1,000 screens in the first quarter of 2007. The studio may also release it this December for an Oscar-qualifying run.
Universal came in as distributor of the pic following a disagreement over release strategy between New Line and Cassavetes and producer/financier Sidney Kimmel.
Cassavetes, who directed The Notebook and John Q for that studio, felt Alpha Dog deserved a comparable wide release.
Alpha Dog will come to theatres some time in 2007.