Friday, June 17, 2016
Building Delayed: 'The Lego Movie Sequel' Pushed Back to 2019
For a long while, Warner Animation Group intended to have The Lego Movie Sequel ready by May 18, 2018.
That date would've put it up against the currently untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film and holdovers from the likes of Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1, plus much more. Though its director and writers are locked, The Lego Movie Sequel will be pushed back nearly a full year... To February 8, 2019. Better pack your bags, untitled third SpongeBob movie!
A fine date indeed, for it lines right up with The Lego Movie's first-weekend-of-February release date back in 2014. Plus, if the crew needs more time to crack a strong story that's on par with the first film, I'm okay with a longer wait. In the mean time we have two Lego spin-offs next year.
The Lego Movie Sequel's push-back is part of a new slate announcement from WB, though nothing on Smallfoot has surfaced. Though Variety's overview of the Warner Animation presentation at Annecy implied the original film will fill the 2/9/2018 slot the studio staked out a long time ago, it wasn't given any date. Other WB films that have moved include Ben Affleck's Live By Night (now opening 1/13/2017), Dean Devlin's long-delayed directorial debut Geostorm (10/20/2017), all-star comedy Bastards (1/27/2017), and the general release of The Zookeeper's Wife (3/31/2017)...
Now another animated flick has moved... DreamWorks' The Boss Baby.
According to Box Office Mojo, the picture hasn't been ported to Universal, and it is now set to open a few weeks after its previous date - 3/31/2017, one weekend before Sony Animation's Smurfs: The Lost Village. I wouldn't be surprised if Sony shifts that one yet again, probably to the weekend after Fast 8 opens.
Anyways, this is a better date because the original one put it right before Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, and that thing is going to explode. No two ways about it. Put two and two together (The Jungle Book's runaway box office success + this film's record-breaking amount of trailer views in a single day on the net) and The Boss Baby would be having issues if it didn't open too well from the get-go. Anyways, The Boss Baby - like this fall's Trolls - will carry a roughly $120 million budget so Fox ought to market the picture as best as they can. The Comcast/NBCUniversal acquisition of DreamWorks finalizes at the end of the year so it possibly flopping may not mean much in the end, but still...
As always, schedules and slates shift in the world of mainstream feature animation. Here's hoping these dates are for the better. What say you?