Schwarzenegger Will Be Back in 2002
The publicity machine for the Warner Brothers' film "Collateral Damage" was in full-steam-ahead mode in early September, gearing up for a big October opening for the Schwarzenegger terrorist-themed thriller. But when actual terrorists executed the unthinkable on Sept. 11, the posters and trailers for the violent film couldn't have seemed less appropriate. In the movie, Schwarzenegger stars as a fire captain whose wife and child have been killed by terrorists and who seeks revenge in classic action-hero style. The studio quickly pulled the film, and the PR machine ground to a halt. This week, Warner Brothers' head of distribution, Dan Fellman, announced that the film would be released on Feb. 8, 2002. "We made the decision to hold 'Collateral Damage' because it was the right thing to do, and we needed to let America grieve and heal following the attack on our nation," Fellman said, according to the Associated Press. At recent screenings, said Fellman, test audiences indicated that they liked the film.
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