Warner Bros has shifted release dates for four of its upcoming films, including The Lego Movie 2, which moves almost a year back from 05/18/18 to 02/08/19. No word on why the sequel to 2014’s huge hit has been moved, but it now is slated to come out nearly five years to the day after The Lego Movie, and just under two years after The Lego Batman Movie, which bows February 10, 2017. Not bad symmetry for a franchise that so far has done very well for WB.
In addition, Dean Devlin’s disaster flick Geostorm is getting shuffled around the schedule for the second time, moving from 1/13/17 to 10/20/17 – it was originally set to bow on October 21, 2016.
Meanwhile, the Owen Wilson/Ed Helms comedy Bastards, about two brothers who set out in adulthood to learn who their real father is, has been moved from 11/04/16 to 01/27/17. That takes Bastards out of a very competitive weekend, as its original release date would have pitted it against Marvel’s Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Doctor Strange that, judging from previous Marvel successes, is likely to trounce all comers in its opening window. Bastards‘ move to January doesn’t denote lack of confidence however, as the new slot sees it up against a new outing from the reliable Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and Trainspotting 2.
Finally, Ben Affleck’s next directorial effort Live By Night, a period crime film he wrote and stars in alongside Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, and Brendan Gleeson, has been moved up the schedule, hitting theaters 01/13/17 instead of 10/20/17.