Silver and Black, Barbie and More Sony Release Date Changes

Sony announces release dates for Silver and Black, The Nightingale, and more

Sony announces release dates for Silver and Black, The Nightingale, and more

Sony Pictures just announced a slew of release date for upcoming films like the Black Cat and Silver Sable Marvel adaptation Silver and BlackThe Nightingale and more.

Silver and Black, which will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees), was originally set to be released in October of 2018. The comic book adaptation will now hit theaters on February 8, 2019. The film will be up against The LEGO Movie 2 that day. There is currently no casting info for the film.

Bad Boys for Life has been pushed back from November 9, 2018 to a to-be-determined date. Director Joe Carnahan (The A-TeamThe Grey) left the project back in May. Will Smith (I Am Legend) has been on the long-gestating project and reportedly spoke to Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House) about it. “I saw Martin a few weeks ago,” Smith told BBC 1 in February 2016 (via The Verge). “I haven’t seen him for about two years. We just looked at each other. We hugged. In that moment, we knew we were making another ‘Bad Boys.’ We’re definitely doing another one.”

Will Ferrell (Step Brothers) and John C. Reilly’s (Talladega NightsHolmes & Watson is moving from August 3, 2018 to the original date for Bad Boys for Life, November 9, 2018, putting it in competition with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The upcoming Barbie movie was originally going to hit theaters on June 29, 2018 and reportedly changed stars back in July. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) is up to replace Amy Schumer (Train Wreck) as the lead and Fun Mom Dinner director Alethea Jones may direct. The film has moved to August 8, 2018, making the date 8/8/18. No word if the odd Wednesday release date means something, but 8’s are awfully curvy…

Game of Thrones and Westworld director Michelle MacLaren’s newest offering The Nightingale has moved from August 10, 2018 to January 25, 2019, a date free from other releases at the moment. Based on Kristin Hannah’s best-selling novel, the film tells the story of two sisters coming of age in France on the eve of World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France.

The Sicario sequel Soldado has acquired a release date. The film will hit theaters on June 29, 2018 (Barbie‘s original release date) opposite I Feel Pretty and TagSicario 2: Soldado will follow the character Alejandro Gillick, played by Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro. Josh Brolin will also be back as CIA Agent Matt Graver.

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The ‘Barbie’ Movie Loses Amy Schumer

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Late last year, comedian Amy Schumer, the star of Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck, and a number of stand-up comedy specials, was cast in a movie based on the ever-popular Barbie toy line. Now, it looks like the film is going to need to find a new leading lady, as Schumer has departed the film.

Variety has the news, which comes to them via a message from Schumer herself:

Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts. The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.

Those scheduling conflicts are being attributed to Schumer’s press tour for the upcoming comedy Snatched, which bumps up against the production start date of June 23, 2017. According to Variety, any delay whatsoever would throw off merchandising plans already in-the-works from Mattel, the owners of the Barbie brand (who stand to make a whole lot more money than usual if this movie hits big). This means the movie has to hit its June 29, 2018 release date. Although there are a lot of moving parts here and we may not see the whole picture, this feels like a crystalized version of the problem so many people have with modern Hollywood – tie-in toys and a release date are being prioritized over the talented performer at the center of the project.

As you may remember from the original announcement, the Barbie movie would have begun in a land of “perfect” women, following Schumer’s character as she’s expelled into the real world for not fitting in with everyone else. Naturally, she soon learns that being unique is more important than being a rail-thin model. In its own way, this set-up is similar to The LEGO Movie, another unlikely family film whose very premise goes out of its way to bite the hand that feeds it.

Schumer, whose star has been on the rise for a few years now, did a polish on the screenplay before she left. It’s unknown if the film will retain a similar tone (it’s easy to imagine this film employing a cleaned-up version of Schumer’s observational, feminist comedy) or undergo changes once a new lead is found. No director is currently attached.

While I’m certainly not the target audience for this movie, the thought of someone as funny as Schumer starring in a proudly feminist rebuttal of the incorrect messages the Barbie brand has been sending to young girls for years was nothing short of fascinating. Hopefully, Sony will find a director and a new leading lady willing to give this some bite. Hey, what does Jenny Slate’s schedule look like?

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