The Current War certainly sounded like a promising picture, headlined by Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, who, respectively, portray electricity pioneers Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. However, besides a poorly-received premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, said promising status was belied by bad luck, notably the bankruptcy (and radioactive status) of its original producing and distributing studio, The Weinstein Company, due to the alleged actions of its eponymous founder. Consequently, the film – once scheduled for a January 2018 release – was shelved and practically forgotten.
Fast-forward to now, and it appears that the filament of the proverbial lightbulb is once again glowing for The Current War, thanks to a new distribution deal with 101 Studios. Indeed, the film – now safely distanced from all things Weinstein – will finally get to hit the big screen, having secured a new release date. Moreover, it appears that we're getting a different movie from the one that screened at TIFF, since director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon recut the film for this new release, which (per Variety,) trims 10 minutes from the original, and adds five new scenes.
The Current War Release Date
The Current War is now scheduled for a wide release on October 11, kicked off by limited premiere engagements on October 4.