Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land,” which reunites the director with “Good Will Hunting” star Matt Damon, will sneak into theaters for a limited run Dec. 28, 2012, qualifying it for this year’s Academy Awards.
It will debut in New York and Los Angeles prior to a larger distribution in 2013.
Focus was able to move up the planned release because of Van Sant’s quick post-production work, which began 11 weeks ago.
The move speaks to the studio’s confidence in the film, which stars Damon and John Krasinski of "The Office." The actors also co-wrote the film from a story by literary luminary Dave Eggers. Damon and Ben Affleck won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting."