Sony Pictures is shifting around a few of its films, following up on a move last week by Paramount Pictures that cancelled its plans to continue the Friday the 13th franchise.
The biggest schedule change affects Bad Boys for Life, according to Dark Horizons. The return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, was originally planned for Jan. 12, 2018. Now, however, fans won’t get to see the next film in the Bad Boys franchise until Nov. 9, 2018.
That would push the gap between Bad Boys for Life and Bad Boys II to more than 15 years, and 23 years from the original 1995 film made back when Smith was just a rapper-turned-sitcom star, and Lawrence was just making his way into films.
This will be the first Bad Boys film without Michael Bay at the helm, and will instead welcome The A-Team‘s Joe Carnahan.
The first Bad Boys grossed $141.2 million globally, or $227.8 million today, while Bad Boys II found $273.3 million in 2003, or $364.7 million today.
The move will put Bad Boys for Life up against How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and come a week after both Paramount and the Twentieth Century Fox/Marvel teams plan “event” films.
Sony also moved Hotel Transylvania 3, but in the other direction. It had originally been planned for Sept. 21, 2018, but will now hit theaters July 13, 2018. That puts it head-to-head (at the moment) with Amusement Park from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, so there’s a good chance someone might be moving from that slot.
Just don’t expect that move to come from anything in the Hotel Transylvania franchise, which grossed $849.3 million over its two previous outings.
Goosebumps 2 will move into Hotel Transylvania 3‘s Sept. 21 slot, putting it up against a new animated take on Scooby-Doo from Warner Bros.
Finally, White Boy Rick has moved up to Jan. 12, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
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