CBS Films has slightly changed the title of the upcoming Helen Mirren-headlined supernatural thriller Winchester, now calling it Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built as well as moving up its release date from February 23rd 2018, to February 2nd.
The move was apparently made because of the other films Winchester would be up against on its original weekend. Natalie Portman’s sci-fi Annihilation and Robert De Niro’s The War with Grandpa are set for February 23rd, which is also a week after Marvel’s Black Panther is released and, if past Marvel films are any indication, will still be drawing audiences to its screenings.
With the date change, Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built will now go up against the Cloverfield film God Particle, Every Day and A Fantastic Woman.
Inspired by true events, WINCHESTER: THE HOUSE THAT GHOSTS BUILT follows the story of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), who was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester Repeating Rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24-hours a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all. The film will take audiences inside the labyrinth-like house that is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world.