When it comes to the remake of the 1957 classic 3:10 To Yuma, Lionsgate seems awfully eager to debut their western update. A recent email from LG indicates the following: "On behalf of Lionsgate, we are pleased to announce the SNEAK PEAK of 3:10 to Yuma, the new film from director James Mangold (Walk the Line), starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Gretchen Mol and legendary Western star, Peter Fonda. The highly anticipated film will be showing in theaters on Sunday, September 2nd, the weekend prior to its wide release on September 7th." For those unfamiliar with the original film, the story focuses on a struggling rancher and father (Bale) who volunteers to escort wanted criminal Ben Wade (Crowe) to a train that will take him to trial. But nothing is ever that easy in the wild west, and Wade's gang is not about to give up on their head honcho.

This is the second time that Lionsgate has changed their mind when it comes to Yuma's debut. Back in July, James had given us the heads-up that the studio was eying a September 7 release date -- maybe to avoid "western overload". This September we will finally be getting a look at Brad Pitt's Assassination of Jesse James, and later this Fall, there is the somewhat more revisionist No Country for Old Men. Early reviews of Yuma have been rather positive, so it's not surprising that the studio would be in a rush to get the film into theaters. Lionsgate seems convinced they have a winner, and judging by the teaser trailer and some of the best poster art I've seen in a long time, I think they might be right.