Sunday, September 9, 2012

DreamWorks' Full Upcoming Slate

Today, The Hollywood Reporter revealed DreamWorks' full upcoming slate from now until the summer of 2016. This answers quite a few questions I've had over the years. Of course we know that The Croods and Turbo already had their release dates set for a good while, while Mr. Peabody & Sherman was moved up to November 1st. This way, it has a little room to breathe before competition.

Happy Smekday! also finally got a release date: November 26th. Usually DreamWorks aims for the first week of November, but I guess they secured that date in order to get there before Disney gets it. Disney usually schedules their newer films for a late November release, so it'll be interesting to see where Disney's 2014 animated release will end up. Maybe it'll be a summer release, who knows. Me and My Shadow and How to Train Your Dragon are still hitting theaters on March 14th and June 20th respectively.

The Penguins of Madagascar opens March 17, 2015. This was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con, but I assumed it would get a May/June release like the first and third Madagascar films. I'm not particularly looking forward to this one, but it's obviously going to keep the franchise going. I just hope they don't go ahead and make a fourth Madagascar.

Trolls comes out on June 5, 2015. Two years ago, DreamWorks announced that they were going to do a film based on the Good Luck Troll dolls. But then again, this could be Trollhunters, a Guillermo del Toro project. Who knows, Cartoon Brew states that it's a working title. Jason Schwartzman and Chloe Moretz are attached to the cast.

B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, I'm guessing, is a reworking of Boo U. Seth Rogen will provide the voice of the lead. This will open on November 6, 2015. I have a feeling that date will change.

The untitled Mumbai musical is set to be released on December 19, 2015, which will probably end up being called Monkeys of Mumbai. Out of all the upcoming projects, I always felt that this has a lot of potential. The music will be provided by none other than Stephen Schwartz (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt) and A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire).

That'll be four films in one year. A bit ridiculous if you ask me. I was fine with DreamWorks three-a-year plan, but they're really dead-set on churning out movies. I have a feeling this one is going to move. Kung Fu Panda 3 opens on March 18, 2016 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens on June 18, 2016. I have a feeling one of the 2015 films will be moved back to 2016, but who knows.

So there you have it, DreamWorks' full upcoming slate. I must say, they really are ramping things up here. What do you think? Which of these films are you looking forward to? Which ones are you not looking forward to?

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