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Depp's 'Secret Window' opening earlier

Jan. 22, 2004 at 4:09 PM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures has decided to open "Secret Window," starring Johnny Depp, six weeks earlier than scheduled based on favorable audience screenings.

"We just had our first screening of the film, and it went great," said Jeff Blake, vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and president of worldwide marketing and distribution, in Thursday's Hollywood Reporter.

"Johnny Depp is terrific in this film," he said, "'Secret Window' should be finished and ready to go for a March 12 release date, which looks like a very good slot."

The film, based on a Stephen King novella, is about a writer, played by Depp, who is in the midst of a painful divorce and is stalked by a psychotic stranger. The film also stars John Turturro, Ving Rhames and Timothy Hutton.

Ads for the film, which was originally scheduled for an April 23 release, will premiere Feb. 1 during the Super Bowl telecast.

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