Lionsgate dated a slew of titles this morning and made some schedule changes as well. Based on the warm reaction to footage at CinemaCon, the Kristen Stewart-Jesse Eisenberg action comedy American Ultra is landing an August 21 release date. The pic follows a stoner and his girlfriend in her small town who come up against a government operation that targets them. American Ultra will be getting a wide bow against Focus Features Sinister 2. Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, Tony Hale round out the cast.
Summit Entertainment’s action crime drama Criminal starring Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot which previously occupied American Ultra’s date, moves to January 22 against STX’s horror film The Boy and TriStar’s Risen.
The Zac Efron-Robert De Niro comedy Dirty Grandpa, about an uptight boy who road-trips with his perverted grandfather moves out of the crowded summer date of August 12, 2016 (where Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, Sony’s Sausage Party and Universal’s Spectral reside) and up to February 26, where it will counterprogram Paramount’s biblical reboot Ben-Hur.
Summit’s Gods Of Egypt now will bow April 8, back from February 12 where it was set to battle against Fox’s Deadpool and Warner Bros’ How To Be Single. The Alex Proyas pic about a thief who joins a mythical god on a quest through Egypt will open against Focus’ Race and Universal’s Michelle Darnell.
Damien Chazelle’s romance musical La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone from Summit will open on July 15, 2016.
Power Rangers, from Lionsgate, now is opening during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend 2017, on January 13, where it will face Fox/Dreamworks’ Boss Baby and Sony’s Magnificent 7. The new date gives director Dean Israelite’s film some breathing room. The previous release date of July 22, 2016, has Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot and Warner Bros. King Arthur.