You’ll have to wait a bit longer to see the tale of a giant monster performed by Liam Neeson. A Monster Calls’ release date has been pushed to December.

The film, based on the 2011 children’s fantasy novel, was previously scheduled for an October 21 opening. The change moves the film out of Halloween season (the title does sound like a horror movie) and onto December 23 where it can hope to be a Christmastime family attraction.

A Monster Calls will start a 10-city limited run on December 23, expanding wide into 1,500 theaters on January 6, 2017.

Neeson’s performance capture created the yew tree monster, who appears at the bedroom window of Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall), a 12-year-old dealing with the terminal illness of his mother (Felicity Jones). Sigourney Weaver plays the boy’s mother. It’s directed by Barcelona-born filmmaker J.A. Bayona, known for The Orphanage and The Impossible and set to direct the sequel to Jurassic World. With A Monster Calls, we should get to see him bring together his family drama cred with his background in the dark and fantastical (he also directed two episodes of Penny Dreadful). 

Watch the trailer below for the film that looks to be a Pan’s Labyrinth told in the vein of What Dreams May Come.

An enthusiast of time travel stories, film scores, avocados and Charades, Emily Rome is an alumna of Loyola Marymount University and a native of beautiful Washington State. Emily’s writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyNRome.