Exhibitors got another setbacks today as MGM has delayed the release of its Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson, from January 15 to August 13. The studio also has pulled its Tomb Raider sequel starring Alicia Vikander and Kristin Scott Thomas from its March 19 premiere date; that film now is unset. Respect, MGM/United Artists
Sony Pictures said Wednesday that it has moved the release date of Ghostbusters: Afterlife from March to June 11, 2021, which will be the same weekend as the first Ghostbusters film was released in 1984. It becomes the latest tentpole shift in the theatrical calendar given the ongoing restrictions of movie theaters amid the pandemic.
Focus Features’ femme thriller Promising Young Woman, which made its world premiere at Sundance back in January, has returned to the theatrical release calendar for a Christmas Day release. The movie was originally set to open on April 17 before the pandemic pushed all titles. Out of the gate, the film notched a high Rotten Tomatoes
Thanksgiving Week just got a lot more grim at the box office as Disney on Thursday moved its bit Pixar movie Soul to Disney+, where it will now be released on December 25. It had been set for a November 20 release in domestic theaters. The Soul release date move was expected following the departure
Universal is protecting one of its biggest assets from the pandemic and moving Jurassic World: Dominion from June 11, 2021 to June 10, 2022. Uni had the latter date already on hold for an untitled event movie. I hear this has nothing to do with the production, which is about three weeks from wrapping in the U.K.,
We’re hearing that Warner Bros. release of Legendary’s Dune is no longer going on Dec. 18, rather Oct. 1, 2021. Right now that’s the same release date as Matt Reeves’ The Batman, so we have to figure Warners moves Batman. The studio hasn’t officially re-dated The Batman yet. Many in distribution land always believed it was too good to be
The town is still shell-shocked by yesterday’s news about Cineworld’s pending indefinite shutdown of its UK theaters this coming week. What we’re hearing now looks to be an expected partial shutdown of the U.S. No. 2 chain Regal. Cineworld tweeted out this morning the following statement, “We can confirm we are considering the temporary closure
MGM’s No Time to Die is officially heading to April 2, 2021, Easter weekend, and vacating its Nov. 20 release date. “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. We
Universal said Friday that F9 is moving to May 28, 2021, which is Memorial Day weekend. The move comes after MGM moved its James Bond pic No Time to Die to April 2, 2021 — which had been the release date of the latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Universal is handling
Watching Wayne Wang’s Coming Home Again, set for a virtual release (online, but through individual theaters) by Outsider Pictures on Oct. 23, delivered a jolt. Like getting nicked by a live wire. The picture is so small–shot in just over three weeks on a micro-budget. So personal: The story is about a young Korean-American man
It really hasn’t been broadcasted widely, but Sofia Coppola’s latest dramedy from Apple/A24, On the Rocks, is opening in key markets next weekend, October 2. I hear it will be a very limited run followed by a debut on the Apple TV+ streaming service on October 23. The movie made its world premiere at the New
In the wake of COVID-19’s continued grip on the box office, Disney made another round of release-date changes Wednesday, the good news for exhibition being: Nothing is headed to Disney+. That includes Pixar’s Soul, which is currently sticking to its November 20 release against MGM’s James Bond movie No Time to Die. While we already
Focus Features and Magnolia Pictures said Tuesday that they will rerelease their respective Ruth Bader Ginsburg features On the Basis of Sex and the documentary RBG, in tribute to the late Supreme Court justice. Both pics will play in 1,000 theaters this Friday, and also be available on-demand, with net proceeds from both pics’ box office going to
Universal is moving up The Croods: A New Age from its Dec. 23 release date to Wednesday, Nov. 25. This move indicates the studio’s confidence that Disney will move Pixar’s Soul out of the Thanksgiving stretch according to recent reports, that movie still scheduled to debut on Nov. 20 on the same weekend of MGM’s No Time to Die.
Sony Pictures Classics will release Florian Zeller’s The Father in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on December 18, with a rollout in major markets on Christmas Day. Written by Zeller and Christopher Hampton, Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman play a father-daughter duo—one mischievous, the other caring—who battle the universal prophecy of loss
UPDATED: STX is moving the U.S. release of Greenland to 4Q to a date to be pre-determined. This is more bad news for exhibition looking for new product, as the Gerard Butler movie leaves behind its Sept. 25 release. Universal moved MGM’s Candyman to 2021 TBD off its Oct. 16 date following Warner’s big move to push Wonder Woman
Universal’s Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Marry Me will be released on Valentine’s Day weekend, Friday, February 12, 2021. The feature takes the place of the untitled Universal romantic comedy on the release schedule. Marry Me squares off against Disney/Marvel’s Eternals and Paramount and Lee Daniels’ Billie Holiday movie on its new date. As we first reported,
As we first told you two days ago, Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 is vacating its October 2 release date, with the Patty Jenkins-directed movie heading to Christmas. Warners is keeping the Legendary sci-fi movie Dune on the calendar for a December 18 release, and believes the holiday marketplace is big enough for two mega-tentpoles. The decision
Word was leaking that more wide-release date changes were afoot in the wake of Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman 1984 postponing from October 2 to Christmas Day. Here’s one that went down Friday: Universal/MGM/Bron/Monkeypaw’s Candyman is moving from its October 16 date to an unset future date in 2021. All studio partners are assessing a new date,
EXCLUSIVE: With New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco movie theaters still not open, our exhibition sources are hearing that Warner Bros is apt to move Wonder Woman 1984 again, this time out of its current October 2 date to either sometime in November or possibly to late December. That would bump the studio’s Legendary feature
Sony has set moderate theatrical fall releases for two independent features, Diane Paragas’ narrative feature debut Yellow Rose and Andrew Cohn’s comedy The Last Shift which made its global premiere at Sundance. Last Shift, which Sony Pictures World Acquisitions picked up, will debut on Sept. 25, while Yellow Rose which the label’s Stage 6 Films acquired last year sans Philippines, will
Updated, Aug. 24: Sony has put Broken Hearts Galley back on the calendar for a Sept. 11 release, the weekend following Warner Bros.’ Tenet. Tickets go on sale this Thursday. Elevation will handle the Canadian release. I hear the studio was impressed by this past weekend’s $4M opening of Solstice Studios’ Unhinged, and is looking forward to exhibition reviving itself.
UPDATED, 10:15 AM: 101 Studios is moving The War with Grandpa to Oct. 9. The Robert De Niro family comedy moves off the Sept. 18 weekend, where it was against Disney/20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man and to a weekend where there aren’t any wide releases. Given how movie theaters are reopening with auditorium capacity restrictions, few
Update: Alex Winter aka Bill, revealed on Twitter today that Bill & Ted Face the Music is going back to its Aug. 28 release date. The news comes in the wake of Disney dating Mulan on its streaming service for Sept. 4. Bill & Ted 3‘s new date allows the movie to stay away from all that noise. Interestingly enough,
Lionsgate has taken the Janelle Monáe horror movie Antebellum off its theatrical release schedule for the time being as big exhibition reorganizes itself during COVID-19. Previously, the Gerard Bush-Christopher Renz directed and written movie was dated for Aug. 21, but with Warner Bros. Tenet hoping to reopen theaters over Labor Day weekend, the plan is for Antebellum to go later.
Update: Solstice Studios is looking to release Unhinged in August now with AMC reopening next month, but they’re not scheduling a definite date yet as I understand. They want to wait and see where Warner Bros.’ Tenet lands and if Disney moves Mulan off Aug. 21 (some sources believe the latter won’t happen). It would not be shocking if Tenet begins its
In or around 1976, I caught a forlorn moment near New York’s Bleecker St. It was early morning. The sun was just up. Two ragged guys were shuffling toward me on the sidewalk, when one offered the other a bottle in a bag. But the drink was declined. “I guess I lost my taste for
Disney is no longer releasing Mulan on Aug. 21 and is unsetting the movie for the time being. Oy, just when AMC was looking to turn the lights back on with a big movie in pockets of the country. I understand that the No. 1 industry leader at the global box office isn’t waiting to see where
In the wake of Disney pushing Avatar 2 from Dec. 17, 2021 to Dec. 16, 2022; Sony is taking advantage of the opportunity and putting its Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel there. Remember, that’s a continued co-production between the Culver City, CA lot and Disney. The Far From Home sequel becomes the sole wide entry on its new date.
UPDATED, 10:43AM: STX’s Greenland is now going to Sept. 25 stateside from its Aug. 14 release date in the wake of several major studios hitting pausing and delaying their event films. The Gerard Butler movie will debut first offshore –which is great news– in Belgium (July 29), France (Aug 5) and Scandinavia (Aug 12). STX/Miramax’s The Gentlemen was an