The fickle nature of Lionsgate's treatment of The Midnight Meat Train's release should have prepared you for this.
Studio insiders confirmed for us this afternoon that Lionsgate is planning a limited 100 theater run of the Clive Barker adaptation on August 1st. An unceremonious release for Ryuhei Kitamura's stylish American directorial debut.
This move fulfills Lionsgate's contractual obligation with production entity Lakeshore to give it some sort of theatrical run. The plan is to subsequently release Meat Train quickly down the line (October?) for a DVD release. That's the word for now, however, we hear there is an effort to beef up the theater count on behalf of Lakeshore. Nothing is solid on that front.
The film stars Bradley Cooper, Brooke Shields, Vinnie Jones and Leslie Bibb. Screenwriter Jeff Buhler adapted Barker's Books of Blood entry.
You can read our early positive review here.