Paramount has announced two release date changes. Richard Linklater’s ensemble comedy Everybody Wants Some, the spiritual sequel to his earlier Dazed And Confused that opened the South By Southwest film festival last week, is now hitting theaters two days earlier, moving its limited release to March 30 from April 1. The film will still go into wide release on April 8. It’s the second such move for Everybody Wants Some, originally scheduled for April 15 but moved to April 1 a month ago. Today’s move follows the universal acclaim the Annapurna Pictures and Detour Film production received after its SXSW debut and signals some confidence on Paramount’s part that it has a potential indie hit on its hands.
Meanwhile, Same Kind Of Different As Me, the film adaptation of the memoir by Denver Moore, Ron Hall, and Lynn Vincent has been pushed back nearly a year, from its April 29 release date all the way to February 2, 2017. The inspirational story from Disruption Entertainment, Chazown Pictures, and Skodam Films follows the friendship between Moore, who spent years homeless, and Hall, who volunteered at a meals program, and contrasts their lives. In the right release window inspirational films do well but Same Kind Of Different As Me faced some stiff competition in its original slot, going up against the Key & Peele action comedy Keanu, Gary Marshall’s latest holiday-themed ensemble Mother’s Day, and Sony’s animated video game adaptation Ratchet & Clank. It stars Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt, Jon Voight, Greg Kinnear, and Stephanie Leigh Schlund.
Paramount also confirmed that the adaptation of the children’s classic The Little Prince has been removed from its schedule entirely, just days before its planned U.S. theatrical release. The film will now play domestically on Netflix.