Lionsgate released a number of release date changes this afternoon, chiefly that its Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Robin Hood will now open on September 21, 2018 in Imax versus the previous March 23 date next year. Robin Hood will be a destination for older guys with the only competition that weekend being Sony’s kid pic Goosebumps 2.
Peaky Blinders’ Otto Bathurst directs Taron Egerton (Robin Hood), Jamie Foxx (Little John), Jamie Dornan (Will Scarlett), Eve Hewson (Maid Marian) and Paul Anderson in what is a darkly toned title that follows the classic hero following his Crusades battles. Returning to Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood finds it rife with corruption and evil. He forms a band of outlaws, and they take matters into their own hands, leading a revolt against the corrupt English crown.
March 23 was quite crowded with Paramount’s Action Point and Sherlock Gnomes and Universal/Legendary’s Pacific Rim Uprising. Key word here for Robin Hood on its new date in September next year: The film has Imax screens.
In addition, Tyler Perry’s She’s Living My Life is retitled to Tyler Perry’s Acrimony. The pic’s Easter weekend launch of March 30 remains unchanged.
Summit Entertainment/Codeblack Films’ Traffik, from director Deon Taylor and starring Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Roselyn Sanchez and Laz Alonso, will open wide on April 27. Patton plays an investigative journalist who, during a romantic getaway with her beau, encounters a gang involved in sex trafficking. Their weekend becomes one of survival as they’re caught in the cross hairs. Currently, the movie is the only wide release on its date.
Summit’s Uncle Drew from director Charles Stone III will debut on June 29 against New Line’s comedy Tag and Sony’s Sicario 2: Soldado. After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (LilRel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.
And just in time for Halloween next year, there’s Hellfest from CBS/Lionsgate on October 12. Directed by Gregory Plotkin, it follows a costumed killer who enters a seasonal horror theme park on Halloween night and begins murdering with impunity in front of crowds. Only thing is, they think it’s all part of the show. Hellfest will open versus Universal’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, which stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy and was directed by La La Land Oscar winner Damien Chazelle.