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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.
We expected this was coming, we were just waiting for the announcement. Our friends at ERCBoxoffice have confirmed that Warner Bros is delaying Jeff Nichols' big studio sci-fi movie Midnight Special until March of 2016. It was originally scheduled for release on Thanksgiving, November 25th, later this fall. The film is finished and has been test screening all year along, with reports that it needs some additional work surfacing across the internet. Jeff Nichols' (pictured above) Midnight Special, featuring Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, will now open on March 18th, 2016 next year.
Briefly: Paramount Pictures has confirmed a release date for the next Richard Linklater film, following Boyhood, which will hit theaters starting early 2016. Announced by THR, the studio has set a release for Linklater's That's What I'm Talking About for April 15th, 2016 next spring. Described as some kind of "spiritual sequel" to Linklater's Dazed & Confused, this film is set in 1980 about an "incoming freshman experiencing his first weekend in college as a pitcher on the school's nationally ranked baseball team." The story follows Blake Jenner ("Glee") as the freshmen pitcher who "finds himself among a hard partying group of baseball players." It was funded by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. We've been quite curious about this one ever since Linklater confirmed it was next for him. Stay tuned for the latest release updates.
There's always more. We knew this was coming, it was just a matter of time. Universal has announced a release date of June 22nd, 2018 for the currently untitled Jurassic World sequel. They don't even have a director either, since Colin Trevorrow said he wouldn't be back again after Jurassic World. However, it's likely the story will continue with Chris Pratt's raptor tamer character Owen. Beyond that, details are sparse because the movie is three years away; they just wanted to set a deadline for when it has to be out in theaters (before the buzz dies off). Based on the box office, no one should be worried that it's going to make a boatload of cash as long as they find another director who can wrangle big ass dinosaurs. We'll be waiting.
We have to wait another 7 months until the new Terrence Malick film. Broad Green Pictures has announced release dates for two outstanding films that already premiered at festivals (via The Wrap). First, they'll open Sarah Silverman's I Smile Back, a Sundance drug drama directed by Adam Salky, in theaters on October 23rd this fall (read Ethan's review). The one everyone is anxiously awaiting is Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, which already premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year (read my review from Berlinale). Knight of Cups is scheduled for release starting March 4th, 2016 early next year. Not too long of a wait, but it's certainly worth it since this is Malick getting back to form. The film will start limited and go wider in March.
Get ready for the riots. Before Roland Emmerich brings us the new Independence Day: Resurgence sequel, the director will be releasing his indie drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots. Emmerich already shot the film, mostly around Montreal, and it's ready for release this September. Roadside Attractions announced a September 25th release date for Stonewall, starring Jeremy Irvine and newcomer Jonny Beauchamp, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman. Stonewall is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots, "which became the start of the LGBT rights movement." More info below.
An updated set of release dates from Netflix for their first batch of theatrically released films distributed by Netflix themselves. The digital network is finally breaking into the game of theatrical distribution and will be experimenting with a release strategy of opening in theaters and Netflix at the same time. Some theaters have pushed back already, so exact release plans are still unconfirmed, but the dates are set for a few of their initial projects due out in the next year. Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation, which has been waiting for a release, is now confirmed for October 16th this fall. Adam Sandler's new comedy The Ridiculous Six, which will only be available on Netflix not in theaters, will be released on December 11th later this year.
Briefly: 20th Century Fox has announced a release date shift in their fall schedule, moving up the release of one of our most anticipated movies coming up later this year. Ridley Scott's The Martian has been moved up from Thanksgiving to October 2nd, the same early October slot that Gravity opened in two years ago. The first official trailer just debuted and it looks fantastic, with Matt Damon starring as NASA astronaut Mark Watney, who gets stranded alone on a mission to Mars. The Martian is taking over the release spot for Fox's Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliff. That film will now be released at Thanksgiving instead. The Martian is the one I'm much more excited about, but both might be worth seeing.