The earlier plan was for Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) to open on 12.16. The current plan, announced this afternoon, is to open on 11.23. Is this about the momentum factor between the early September festivals and the theatrical opening? The Fox Searchlight guys are unveiling The Descendants at Telluride-Toronto. I’ve read the Descendants script and am presuming good reviews will happen. With a Thanksgiving opening the FS team will have to keep the ball in the air for eleven weeks, as opposed to 14 and a half weeks with a 12.16 opening.