Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"The Conjuring 2", "Inherent Vice", "Entourage", and more receive release dates

After announcing a plethora of release dates last week including The Man from UNCLE, Tarzan, and The LEGO Movie 2, Warner Bros. decided to come back this week and announce some more release dates for us. I think that they are literally announcing their entire upcoming slate over these couple of weeks. It's pretty crazy. In addition, Columbia joins the fun with a release date for their upcoming Goosebumps film. Here's the full breakdown.

Goosebumps is the first film on our list and the only one not to be released by Warner Bros. This Columbia Pictures adaptation of the RL Stine horror series will be directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters Vs. Aliens) and will star Jack Black and Dylan Minnette (Prisoners). Not much is known about the plot, but we now know that Goosebumps will be released on March 23, 2016, which, oddly, is a Wednesday. Interesting release date choice for the film. I believe that if Columbia targets the right audience, this will be a sizable hit.

Next up on our list is the "Untitled New Line Horror Film," which is reportedly a spinoff of The Conjuring that will focus on the Annabelle doll. According to Rope of Silicon, Annabelle will star Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard with John R. Leonetti directing. The film is now set for an October 3, 2014 release date, so expect this one pretty soon. I'm excited for it, but I really hope that they don't go the found-footage route with this one.

Speaking of the The Conjuring, Warner Bros. announced recently that they will release The Conjuring 2 on October 23, 2015. According to Rope of Silicon, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are set to reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren, with Carey and Chad Hayes taking on the screenplay. No word on if James Wan will direct the film again. I really hope that he will, since he did such a tremendous job with the first film. However, depending on the future of the Fast and Furious franchise, Wan may or may not be available to direct the sequel. Who knows.

With Kevin Hart's celebrity in Hollywood obviously rising, Warner Bros. was quick to greenlight Get Hard, a comedy starring Hart and Will Ferrell. The plot synopsis on IMDb says that the film tells the story of a wealthy investment manager who is convicted of a crime and prepares for prison with help of the guy who washes his car. Sounds like a bit of a downer, but Hart can make anything funny and I really think that the pairing of Hart and Ferrell is genius. Warner Bros. has set the release date for March 27, 2015, so we can expect this one pretty soon.

Warner Bros. also announced another possible comedy hit yesterday in the form of Mean Moms. The Jennifer Aniston-starred comedy will tell the story of a happily married middle-class mom who moves to the upper class suburbs and is thrown into the world of competitive parenting. That's according to IMDb. The film will be released on May 8, 2015 and will be directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller.

Warner also announced the release date for a film that has been in development for a very long time. After seven years on the air, Entourage signed off in 2011 with the possibility of the show coming back as a movie. Now, it's official. Entourage will be released on June 12, 2015 with Doug Ellin in the director's chair and stars Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, and Kevin Dillon all joining in on the fun. Although I never watched the TV show, I'm actually pretty excited about this. It sounds like a fun movie.

Finally, in what was probably the biggest casting news of the day, Warner Bros. announced that Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice will be released on December 12, 2014. The Oscar contender stars Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon and more. This film is one of my most anticipated of the year and I can't wait to see what Anderson does with the 1960's stoner tale.

While those were the main release date changes, Warner Bros. also announced that The Intern will hit theaters on September 25, 2015, Transcendence has been bumped back to April 18, 2014 and How To Be Single will hit theaters on February 12, 2016. The Weinstein Company also announced that One Chance will now hit theaters on August 29, 2014.

That's it for now, but I'm sure more release dates will be announced in the upcoming future.

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