Sony announced a number release-slate changes today, with Studio 8’s White Boy Rick, about teenage undercover informant/drug dealer Richard Wershe Jr., taking over Bad Boys for Life‘s Martin Luther King Jr. weekend slot next year.
As previously reported in the press, Bad Boys for Life jumped to November 9, 2018. It’s still happening, but we hear that Will Smith was juggling some projects around in his schedule (he was in talks for Dumbo), and thus the threequel was delayed. It takes a while to do a big action film like Bad Boys, and production is still working toward a start date and prepping at this point in time. In the meantime, Bad Boys 4 temporarily has been taken off the calendar from its 2019 Memorial Day weekend date.
White Boy Rick, which now debuts on January 12, stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern and Rory Cochrane. The movie will lock horns against a pair of sequels: Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Paramount’s animated Sherlock Gnomes. White Boy Rick is directed by Yann Demange and was written by Andy Weiss, Logan & Nolan Miller and Steve Kloves.
Bad Boys for Life will be the testosterone choice in its November 2018 slot, squaring off with Illumination/Universal’s Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Goosebumps 2 moves from January 26 to September 21, 2018. Late September has been a prime spot for the Culver City studio, having launched such big family fare as the Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs pics there. Goosebumps 2 is scheduled against Warner Bros.’ new Scooby-Doo feature.
Sony also has set August 3, 2018, for its Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly comedy Holmes and Watson and looks to counterprogram Disney’s Untitled Live Action film that is RSVP’ed on that date.