Saturday, June 25, 2016

Warner Bros. pushes 'LEGO Movie 2' to 2019, shifts 'Live by Night' for possible Oscar date

The LEGO Movie initially seemed like a cheap and cynical cash grab, so it was a pleasant surprise when the 2014 animated comedy turned out to be one of the most original, inventive movies to hit the big screen in a long time. Immediately after the film opened with a massive $69 million, Warner Bros. commissioned a series of sequels and spin-offs, including a Ninjago film, The LEGO Batman Movie, and of course, the inevitable LEGO Movie 2, which was set to hit theaters on May 18, 2018. Well, it looks like we'll just have to wait a little bit longer to see it. Last week, Warner Bros. moved The LEGO Movie 2 to February 8, 2019, which is just over 5 years after the original came out. No reason was given for the move by the studio. As a result of Warner Bros.' decision, Dreamworks shifted How to Train Your Dragon 3 to May 18, giving it a prime summer release date. While the longer wait is certainly disappointing, in the meantime, fans of the series can enjoy The LEGO Batman Movie, out February 10, 2017, and The LEGO Ninjago Movie, set to debut on September 22, 2017.

Warner Bros. also shuffled the release date for Ben Affleck's Live by Night, one of my most anticipated movies of the next several years. Originally set to hit theaters on October 20, 2017, the film will now be released on January 13 of the same year. I know what you're probably thinking- a January release date for one of the most prestigious projects of the year? Well, if I had to place money on it, Live by Night will certainly get a qualifying run in December, enabling it to compete in Oscar season. This move has been successfully executed in past years by films like The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, American Sniper, and Lone Survivor, which puts Live by Night in a prime Oscar spot. Like Warner's LEGO shift, no reason was given for this move, but many seem to think that Affleck's duties in the DC Universe are pushing him to get this film in the can as soon as possible. Live by Night stars Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Elle Fanning, Anthony Michael Hall, Titus Welliver, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Cooper, and Chris Messina, and is based off the Dennis Lehane novel.

In other Warner Bros. news, the studio shifted the release of Gerard Butler's Geostorm from January 13, 2017 to Live by Night's former October 20 date. That seems like a prime spot for the shlocky disaster film. And finally, prestige comedy Bastards was moved from its November 4 date, where it was set to face off against Trolls and Doctor Strange, to January 27, 2017, the doldrums of the movie calendar. Seems like the studio doesn't see too much potential in that one.

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