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Briefly: After the big news this week that Star Wars: Episode VIII was being pushed back from May to December 2017, all of the other studios have to check and make sure none of their releases are threatened. The ultimate showdown was going to be between Episode VIII and James Cameron's Avatar 2, which was being talked about for Christmas 2017 release. Just as of a few weeks ago, Cameron was saying it was still headed for Christmas. However, The Wrap is now confirming that the studio is no longer planning a 2017 release anymore, and maybe be aiming for 2018 or 2019 but they're still not sure yet. Nothing is confirmed or set yet by 20th Century Fox, but this is what we expected to hear after the Star Wars release date change.
Briefly: It's official - Disney has moved the release date of Star Wars: Episode VIII from May 2017 to December 2017. The highly-anticipated sequel to The Force Awakens, being directed by Rian Johnson, was originally scheduled by Lucasfilm/Disney for May 26th, 2017. Now it has been rescheduled for release on December 15th, 2017. This puts it in line with the December release for The Force Awakens and the December release for Rogue One later this year. This also now pits Episode VIII to open head-to-head against James Cameron's Avatar 2, which is supposed to open Christmas 2017. A few other studios have shifted 2017 releases in response. The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie will take over Star Wars' slot.
Oh boy. 2017 is shaping up to be a very big year between Episode VIII, Justice League, War for the Planet of the Apes. In December of 2017, they'll be pitting James Cameron's Avatar 2 against Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One adaptation. The next Star Wars movie is already confirmed for May of 2017, and now Cameron has confirmed that Avatar 2 is headed for release in December of 2017. It was initially reported in January that Cameron was delaying the release until 2017 giving them more time to work on the scripts and put plans together. This is going to be a brand new Avatar trilogy, with new ones coming every year.
Briefly: Some great news for Tarantino fans anxiously awaiting his new film! The Weinstein Company has officially moved up the theatrical nationwide release of The Hateful Eight, Tarantino's eight feature film, to New Years Day - January 1st, 2016. It will initially open for a limited release on December 25th, Christmas Day, in a few bigger markets like New York and Los Angeles. There will also be the 70mm roadshow version, which will start playing at the end of December and expand to different 70mm-equiped cinemas throughout January. The Hateful Eight is a 3-hour long western set mostly in a cabin during a blizzard, where eight bounty hunters (including Kurt Russell, Samuel Jackson, Walton Goggins & Jennifer Jason Leigh) are stuck. See the official trailer here - and catch the film in theaters sooner than you know it.
Briefly: Shyamalan's new thriller has a date for early 2017. Over at The Wrap, they report that Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have set a release for M. Night Shyamalan's Split on January 20th, 2017. Split is written and directed by Shyamalan, following up his return to low budget films The Visit this year, and is supposedly a "suspense thriller with elements of the supernatural". Other than that, there's no plot info available. The cast includes James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson. There's already a lot of other weird horror scheduled for January 2017 between the delayed Friday the 13th reboot, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, plus Power Rangers and The Dark Tower movie. I'm curious what exactly Shyamalan's Split means - maybe split personality? McAvoy would be a great pick.
He's back! This is the year Michael Moore returns with a new documentary, titled Where to Invade Next, another look at some of America's problems. The doc just premiered at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, receiving rave reviews from critics the world over. We also announced last month that a brand new indie distributor will be releasing the doc. Tom Quinn, Jason Janego and Tim League announced today that they will be releasing Michael Moore's new "comedy" Where To Invade Next in New York and Los Angeles starting on December 23rd, followed by a nationwide opening on January 15th via their "new, clandestine and as-yet-unnamed distribution label". I highly recommend seeing this doc when it's playing.
More sequels - oh no! Disney and Pixar have confirmed and announced release dates through 2019 for their upcoming slate of animated movies. The studio headed to social media to post an image showing the early teaser posters for all of the upcoming movies, along with release dates for each one. The Good Dinosaur hits theaters this year, followed by Finding Dory arriving June 17th, 2016 next summer. From there it's Cars 3 arriving June 16th, 2017 then their original Day of the Dead movie Coco opening on November 22nd, 2017. Then Toy Story 4 hits on June 15th, 2018 before The Incredibles 2 arrives June 21st, 2019.
Ready for Phase 3? Marvel has officially announced a few minor details about its plans for Phase 3, coming up beginning in 2016. First off, the studio has confirmed via Marvel.com that they are planning an Ant-Man sequel and it will be titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. "The sequel will mark the first Marvel Studios film named after its heroine." Both Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne will return in that sequel, scheduled for July 6th, 2018. With this announcement, the two other Marvel movies scheduled for 2018 have been moved up in the year - Black Panther arrives on February 16th, 2018 and Captain Marvel will open on March 8th, 2019. It sounds like those two movies are fully confirmed, too. I'm sure we'll be hearing more news soon.
Briefly: A24 has scheduled a release date for one of this year's indie breakouts - Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room, featuring Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots, as well as Patrick Stewart as a white supremacist. The film premiered at the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and also played at the Toronto Film Festival and Fantastic Fest. Our writer Marco reviewed it at TIFF, and Jeremy reviewed the film out of Fantastic Fest, saying, "Stewart's incredible performance could be viewed as the high mark for the film, but Green Room excels at so much it's just one of an endless stream of positive notes." It's a very violent film but apparently one of the best genre flicks to debut this year. A24 will release Green Room limited starting April 1st, 2016, with a nationwide expansion arriving on April 15th, 2016. Stay tuned for the trailer next.
Briefly: They're finally ready to dump this. After years and years of delays, production troubles, distribution troubles, all kinds of problems, The Weinstein Company has confirmed that Gavin O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun will be released in February of 2016. This is the western with Natalie Portman where, on the first days of shooting the original director (Lynne Ramsay) never showed up to set, and they scrambled to figure out what to do and put it together after multiple cast/director changes. For a while, Relativity had this ready to go for late 2015 but then that company went under and now TWC bought the rights. The film does not yet have a specific date in February, and will be released first in Europe this November. Stay tuned for a trailer.
Briefly: It has been confirmed through Hollywood Reporter that Oliver Stone's latest film has been delayed from release this year. Snowden, Stone's story about Edward Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was originally set for release on Christmas Day, December 25th, later this year. While we did feature a first look photo, we haven't seen any real trailers for this yet beyond one wimpy teaser without any actual footage. The film has officially been pulled from release in 2015 for an unspecific 2016 release. Meaning it will no longer be competing for awards season acclaim and they'll find a better time next year. The cast also includes Scott Eastwood, Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, Timothy Olyphant & Zachary Quinto. Stay tuned.
Briefly: Without a title, without any plot info, or any real other information available yet, Warner Bros has announced a release date for "the next Christopher Nolan movie". Variety has confirmed that WB will be releasing the next movie directed by Christopher Nolan on July 21st, 2017 – two years from now. That's the same release date as Pitch Perfect 3 and comes just before Sony's new Spider-Man movie and after Disney's Pirates 5. No other details are known, though there was a rumor that it might be science fiction again following Interstellar. Only time will tell. Stay tuned for more updates and details from here on out.
Briefly: It's official. Steven Spielberg is directing the Ready Player One movie next, adapted from Ernie Cline's bestselling novel about a dystopian future where a video gamer challenges the world to a match of pop culture wits. (I loved the book.) Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures today announced that production is coming together, starting up later this year, and they even have a release date. Warner Bros will open Spielberg's Ready Player One on December 15th, 2017, a little over two years from now. The film is being produced by Spielberg; Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner; Dan Farah; and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger; with Bruce Berman serving as executive producer. We'll be hearing much more about this as they begin to cast and start pre-production.
Briefly: Sony Pictures has announced a number of upcoming release dates, confirming and revealing a few new titles across the next four years. Among the titles listed are two sequels we knew were coming, but now they officially have release dates. Bad Boys 3 and 4 are now set for release in 2017 and 2019, respectively. As of reports in June, rumors were that Joe Carnahan was going to write & direct Bad Boys 3, reuniting Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for another outing. Michael Bay may still be involved as a producer, but he's busy off making another Transformers aside from that 13 Hours movie. Well now we know there's definitely two new Bad Boys movies coming, two years apart. I just hope they're worth the long wait and all this hype.