Jeff Nichols’ ‘The Bikeriders’ Delays Release in Theaters Amid Ongoing Actors Strike (Exclusive)

Jeff Nichols’ ‘The Bikeriders’ Delays Release in Theaters Amid Ongoing Actors Strike (Exclusive)

New Regency is delaying the release of Jeff Nichols’ awards hopeful The Bikeriders due to the ongoing actors strike and the prohibition on talent doing any promotion or publicity.

The drama — starring Jodie Comer, Austin Butler and Tom Hardy — had been set to open in theaters Dec. 1 after making several stops on the fall festival circuit, including opening the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend.

It is the first movie to depart the Dec. 1-3 weekend since Beyoncé’s just-announced concert film Renaissance was set for Dec. 1. The post-Thanksgiving frame is one of the quietest weekends of the year in terms of moviegoing, and it remains to be seen how much Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé can change that narrative. So far, no early advance ticket sales have been disclosed for Renaissance as they were for Taylor Swift: Eras Tour.

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Bikeriders remains undated for now, but the intention is to still qualify it for this year’s awards race.

New Regency believes the film has the best chance of success with access to talent, based on feedback from early screenings, according to insiders.

And with no indication of when the SAG-AFTRA strike might end after last week’s sudden halt in talks, New Regency and 20th Century had to decide now whether to pull the film from the calendar before starting up the marketing campaign.

Bikeriders, which chronicles the rise and fall of a 1960s motorcycle club in Chicago, is adapted from Danny Lyon’s book of the same name.

New Regency, one of Hollywood’s longest-running indie production companies, is currently in theaters with sci-fi epic The Creator, which has struggled to find its groove.