The Weinstein Company shifted two family-friendly pictures, and WB has unveiled their game plan…
The Argentinian animated film Foosball was initially set to open January 16, 2015. Now, it's been pushed back to April 10, 2015. With no trailer out or anything, I think now is a good time for TWC to drop that dull Underdogs title and change it back to Foosball. The film now has its US dub cast, which consists of some big names like Katie Holmes, John Leguizamo (no stranger to animation, of course), Nicholas Hoult and Ariana Grande. Pretty star-studded there…
Also, this rather worrying tidbit from the Movie Web article…
"The U.S. cut of the film will also feature a script that has been reworked for a domestic audience."
And what Mr. Scissorhands himself had to say…
"This talented cast takes our script and enhances it, with brilliant improvisation and wonderful chemistry. I'm so proud of these super talented actors and comedians."
Taking its original January 2015 release date is Paddington, which was originally scheduled for a Christmas release. I'm guessing this has happened because of the last-minute voice change for the titular bear, or maybe the holiday season is a little too crowded. I don't know.
Now with January 2015 being animated film-less, will something move in and share the month with the bear? The US release of Aardman's Shaun the Sheep, perhaps? The Ratchet & Clank movie?
Warner Bros. essentially responded to this week's major Marvel news, and also loaded other canons…
On the animation front, they have revealed that The Lego Batman Movie will be a 2017 release, with The Lego Movie 2 being bumped to 2018. No specific dates were mentioned in the report, which applies to the other films they talked about. However, we can do some hole-filling here…
Warner Animation Group's slate looks like this…
Ninjago - 9/23/2016
Untitled - 2/10/2017
The Lego Batman Movie - 5/26/2017
Untitled - 2/9/2018
Untitled - 5/25/2018
Untitled - 5/24/2019
I can see The Lego Movie 2 being the 5/25/2018 release, while an original/non-Lego (Storks, Smallfoot, Bone, Flintstones, anything) takes the 2/9/2018 slot. 2/10/2017 should be taken by an original soon, as well. Whatever's ready, is ready. This is probably why we haven't heard anything yet.
Chris McKay is also set to direct The Lego Batman Movie, so he's going to have a lot on his plate. Directing both this and Lego Movie 2, both opening a year apart. He'll be like Genndy Tartakovsky up at Sony!
So what else?
Well, those untitled WB event films set for 2018 and 2020 are in fact sequels to 2016's Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. No shock there.
While Warners didn't give us the specific dates of the impending DC films, they did give us this list in this order, with some confirmations on directors and cast members.
- Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury), will hit in 2016.
- Wonder Woman and Justice League, Part One will be the two 2017 releases.
- The Flash and Aquaman will arrive in 2018, the former stars Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and the latter will star Jason Momoa.
- Justice League Part Two and Shazam will headline 2019.
- Cyborg and Green Lantern are the 2020 releases.
They were in that specific order, so…
Suicide Squad - 8/5/2016
Wonder Woman - 6/23/2017
Justice League, Part One - 11/17/2017
The Flash - 3/23/2018
Aquaman - 7/27/2018
Shazam - 4/5/2019
Justice League, Part Two - 6/14/2019
Cyborg - 4/3/2020
Green Lantern - 6/19/2020
Makes sense, plus my WW/JL coming out in 2017 prediction came true. It's good that Wonder Woman is getting her movie before Justice League hits and I like how it's split into two parts. Just introducing new Batman and Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman, I felt wasn't enough. My theory is that Justice League will be about them, plus Aquaman since he's set to appear in BvS. Then in Part Two, with all the other ones set up and introduced, they come together to fight an even bigger threat. (I'm JL Part One's baddie will be Brainiac or something.)
However, I just hope all these films are good. At least significantly better than Man of Steel (I know, beating a dead horse), then I'll be onboard. They got some good talent behind the films too, so there is some hope!