‘Thirteen Days’ Pushed Back

Most of the country will have to wait 21 more days to see “Thirteen Days.”

New Line Cinema has pushed back the wide release of Kevin Costner’s historical drama by nearly a month to avoid the high-profile competition it would have gone up against on its original launch date, Dec. 22.

Days” will now be released on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Jan. 12, Variety reports. The film will instead get a limited release Dec. 22 in New York and Los Angeles for Oscar consideration.

The Cuban Missile Crisis thriller still faces tough competition on Jan. 12 by films such as “Traffic” with Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, “Finding Forrester” with Sean Connery, “Antitrust” with Ryan Phillippe and Tim Robbins, Disney’s action comedy “Double Take” with Orlando Jones, and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” starring George Clooney.

Had it opened on Dec. 22, “Thirteen Days” would have battled the likes of Fox’s Tom Hanks starrer “Cast Away” and Universal’s Nicolas Cage-toplined “Family Man” plus Warner Bros.’ “Miss Congeniality” with Sandra Bullock and Miramax’s ”Wes Cravens Presents Dracula 2000.”