Struggling DreamWorks Animation Removes 'B.O.O.' from 2015 Slate
It's been a tough year for DreamWorks Animation. The studio needs a boost this year at the box office, so they decided to bring The Penguins of Madagascar to theaters this month instead of the original, sci-fi comedy Home, which is now slated to arrive on March 27th, 2015. In addition, they also pushed back How to Train Your Dragon 3 to 2017 with no explanation. Now, hot on the heels of news that the discussion of a hopeful merger with Hasbro has ended, the animation studio also announced that their supernatural comedy B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations has been removed from their 2015 release date.
B.O.O. follows two bumbling apparitions (Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy) who find themselves in an extraordinary after-life adventure when they join the Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (B.O.O.) – the ghost world’s elite counter-haunting unit – and ultimately must face off against the planet’s greatest haunter. Rashida Jones, Matt Bomer, Jennifer Coolidge and Octavia Spencer were lending their voice to the film from Igor director Tony Leondis with a script from Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots). The film was slated for release on June 5th, 2015, but now THR says it has no new release date.
It's not clear if the film will be tweaked during this delay, or if the move merely comes from the studio wanting to play it safe by only releasing one original project next year. The animation studio still has Kung Fu Panda 3 set for release on December 23rd, 2015, which much like The Penguins of Madagascar, already has a built in audience and is more of a guaranteed success. Still, the fact that DreamWorks Animation is struggling like this, especially with simply talks of a merger with Hasbro hurting the latter's stock, isn't good news. Hopefully they can pick up some steam and get back on top.