Universal has given release dates for three Amblin Partners pics: Dreamworks Pictures’ The Turning on Feb. 22 next year, Amblin’s A Dog’s Journey on Friday, May 17, 2019 and the Tom Hanks movie Bios on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
The Turning is a haunted house thriller inspired by the Henry James novella and follows a nanny who oversees two distributed orphans who are harboring dark secrets at an estate in Maine. Floria Sigismondi directs with Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Joely Richardson and newcomer Brooklyn Prince starring. The Conjuring‘s Chad & Carey Hayes wrote with Jade Bartlett, and Roy Lee and Scott Bernstein are producing. The Turning will open against IMGlobal/Paramount’s The Rhythm Section.
A Dog‘s Journey is the sequel to A Dog’s Purpose. Based on the bestselling series by author W. Bruce Cameron, pic directed by Gail Mancuso, follows a dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. Gavin Polone produces, Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Wally Wolodarsky & Maya Forbes adapt. Walden Media is a co-producer here. Pic faces off on its May date next year against Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter Three, and Warner Bros.’ The Sun Is Also a Star.
Tom Hanks stars as Finch in Bios as the last man on Earth. An ailing inventor facing his own mortality, Finch builds a robot to keep his beloved dog safe. As the trio embarks upon an epic cross-country journey, the scientist must teach his creation to become human enough to take care of its charge…and the beloved pet to accept a new master. Bios is directed by Miguel Sapochnik, written by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell and produced by Kevin Misher, as well as ImageMovers Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine alongside Powell. Oscar winner Zemeckis, Luck, Sapochnik and Andy Bermanserve serve as EPs executive producers. Currently, there is an untitled Fox/Marvel movie scheduled against Bios on Oct. 2, 2020.