Delighted to announce FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS will be released on 6 May starring #MerylStreep @HackedOffHugh pic.twitter.com/rGnI10B3UD— Pathé UK (@patheuk) February 9, 2016
Well this is a bit of a surprise. Most of us were assuming a late summer or more "awards-baity" release date around November/December of this year. But instead, Florence Foster Jenkins is apparently getting a May 6 release date in the U.K. No word as of yet when we'll see it in the U.S., but I imagine very close to that same date.
This news does not bolster confidence in me for the film's quality. I can't imagine what the benefit of releasing it in May has, other than trying to somewhat keep it in obscurity. May 6 is Mother's Day weekend in the U.S., but since when has that been a major reason to push films?
I still want to be optimistic about this and yet can only imagine the feelings of absolute dread this news will instill in countless Streepers, Although the release date seems unconventional, it's possible the marketing team at Paramount thinks this will bode well for the film's chances of success at the box office, which doesn't necessarily suggest the quality is poor. At the very least we can likely expect a trailer relatively soon, since the release is now fewer than three months away. More to follow.