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Back in the spring, you might remember hearing a bit about M. Night Shyamlan's next project, which at the time was called Sundowning. However, since then, the filmmaker has been quietly working on the project with no indication of when we might finally see the movie. But that changes today as Universal Pictures has announced that they will release the film, now titled The Visit, next fall on September 11th, 2015. The film was originally named as "Untitled Blumhouse Horror 1" and slated for September 25th, but the project produced by Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring) will arrive two weeks earlier.
Though the horror franchises for The Conjuring and Insidious find themselves at Warner Bros. Pictures and Focus Features respectively, they still share producers in Blumhouse Productions and James Wan, who also directed the original films in each franchise. Now both horror sequels have new release dates. First, as we recently heard, Warner Bros. was able to coax James Wan into directing The Conjuring 2 again, which means the film wasn't going to meet the 2015 release date and would arrive sometime in 2016. Now, according to Box Office Mojo, the film has been set for release on June 10th, 2016. More below!
Hoping to continue their hot streak following hits like Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and now Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation has just set release dates for their forthcoming new projects Zootopia and Moana. The former project was revealed at D23 late last summer, while the latter was just revealed last month, and now both of them will be arriving in 2016. Disney has just announced that Zootopia will get a spring release on March 4th, 2016 while Moana will arrive in the fall on November 23rd, 2016. If you haven't heard anything about these projects, keep reading to see concept art and read the official synopses.
Some news for fans of Russell Crowe, as the actor's directorial debut has finally secured US distribution from Warner Bros. The movie studio has announced (via Crowe himself) that they will be releasing The Water Diviner, directed by and starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe, in April of 2015 after its initial debut in Australia later this year. The film tells the story of an Australian man who travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. We've already featured one official trailer as well as an early featurette for this film, but expect to see more marketing closer to release. Curious to see it.
Briefly: After Dracula Untold was release this year, with word that it had ties to Universal Pictures' forthcoming reboot of the studio's classic Universal Monsters series, the next installment in the line-up has been given a release date. Universal has just set The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, for release on June 24th, 2016. In addition, the studio has also staked out April 21st, 2017 for an unknown Universal Monsters film. It could be Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, or maybe even a Van Helsing movie (that's been developing for awhile). As of now, we're not sure, but clearly Universal is starting to get their ducks in a row. Stay tuned for more.
Sadly, we didn't get a new film from Joel & Ethan Coen this year, and it doesn't look like we'll be getting one in 2015 either. Deadline has just learned that the Coen Brothers' developing comedy Hail Caesar has been set for release by Universal on February 5th, 2016. Seems like weird placement for a movie from the Coens, even though it's a comedy, but all right. The film already has quite a cast assembled with George Clooney starring and Josh Brolin Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and Jonah Hill all appearing in the story following a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Stay tuned for more information.
Next spring we'll see Vin Diesel return along with the late Paul Walker for Fast & Furious 7 on April 3rd, 2015, but that won't be the only film we'll see the action star leading next year. Lionsgate has just announced that Breck Eisner's fantasy action thriller The Last Witch Hunter will arrive in theaters on October 23rd, 2015, almost exactly one year from now. We've already gotten a first look at Diesel in the film about an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch (Rose Leslie), to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity, but we're waiting for a trailer to really see how this turns out. Elijah Wood and Michael Caine also star in the film. Stay tuned.
Briefly: Warner Bros. Pictures had originally dated the horror sequel to last year's hit The Conjuring for October 23rd, 2015. However, since we haven't heard anything about a director or cast, we were starting to wonder if the film would be able to meet that date. And now we have our answer as the studio has removed The Conjuring 2 from next year's calendar and will release it sometime in 2016 instead. But there will still be horror from Warner Bros. this fall because an unspecified horror film will take the sequel's previous October 2015 date instead. But we're not sure at all what that film might be so stay tuned.
Back in August, we put together a list of all the DC Comics and Marvel movies heading to the big screen over the next six years. Marvel had staked out dates through 2019 while Warner Bros. had locked down two dates each year through 2020. Well, following the recent onslaught of news regarding which DC Comics properties will hit the big screen each year, a handy little infographic rounding up all the comic book movies that we'll see hitting the big screen has surfaced, beginning with Disney's adaptation of Big Hero 6 early next month. When you see the comic calendar laid out like this, it all seems rather daunting. Look below!
Briefly: Following the success of The LEGO Movie earlier this year, Warner Bros. Animation is going all-in on making a bunch of animated movies inspired by LEGO sets. There's a sequel to The LEGO Movie in the works, a spin-off focusing on their Ninjago line and we just heard that LEGO Batman will also get his own movie with Will Arnett voicing The Dark Knight again. But word from Warner Bros. today is shaking up things slightly. Previously, The LEGO Movie 2 was dated for May 26th, 2017, but that's when the LEGO Batman spin-off will arrive now. Instead, The LEGO Movie sequel has been pushed back to May 25th, 2018. But the good news is Ninjago is still arriving on September 23rd, 2016. Stay tuned for updates.
Back in the beginning of August, we learned that Warner Bros. had staked out a slew of future release dates for DC Comics films, but with no indication of what films might be arriving in those slots beyond the promise of Justice League following sometime after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Well, thanks to the same shareholders meeting that revealed Ezra Miller will play The Flash in a standalone film arriving in 2018 (along with Jason Momoa getting his own Aquaman film that same year), we now have a much better idea of what films Warner Bros. has lined up, and when we'll see them hit theaters. Read on!
Following 20th Century Fox's release date shifts that bumped up Independence Day 2 a week earlier in the summer of 2016 and pushed Hitman: Agent 47 back six months in 2015, it looks like The Weinstein Company and Paramount Pictures have made some calendar changes too. First up, THR has word that Paddington has vacated its original Christmas Day release this winter and has opted to arrive on January 16th, 2015 instead. The film is based on the beloved children's book series and will feature Ben Whishaw as the title bear about town in London after Colin Firth exited the role in June. But that's not all. Read on!
Towards the end of August, we heard that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard were teaming up again very soon to bring Dan Brown's symbologist and accidental adventurer Robert Langdon back to the big screen in Inferno. This time the character from Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code suddenly wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, forcing him to team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks to help recover his memories in order to prevent some psychopath from unleashing a global plague that is somehow tied to the classic Dante's Inferno. The film was previously set for a late 2015 release, but now it's been delayed almost a year.
It's official - after scooping the early release news yesterday, a press release today confirms that Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will be released two days early. Screenings will begin on Tuesday, November 4th starting at 8PM all over the world (info on tickets here), mostly in 70mm IMAX locations. The press release reveals that many locations, including 35mm film and digital IMAX, will be screening starting November 5th before the full opening on Friday, November 7th. To compliment the announcement, the official site is now updated and includes a guide for the formats that Interstellar is available in. Most movie fans know the differences anyway, but it's a helpful guide for anyone still confused by the choice of format. Read on!