‘Lego’ Spinoff ‘Ninjago’ Set for 2016

Ninjago release date

The next building block in Warner Bros.’ big-screen Lego franchise will click into place in 2016. The studio has just set a date for The Lego Movie spinoff Ninjago, directed by Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising). Get the latest details on the project after the jump.

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Legendary Pictures

When this week began, the only specific movie scheduled for the far-off month of November 2016 was Fox’s animated Trolls adaptation. There was also, however, an untitled Disney animated film set to arrive that month. Then Warner Bros. added the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to the mix on November 18, 2016. Now Legendary Pictures is getting in on the fun. The company has just dated an “Untitled 2016 Event Project” for November 4, 2016. What could it be? We’ll offer two options and speculation below. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Warner Bros. has just given a release date to their next big franchise. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, written by J.K. Rowling, will be released November 18, 2016. A director has yet to be revealed, but the film – envisioned as a trilogy –  follows the adventures of “magizoologist” Newt Scamander set in the world of Potter. Read more about the Fantastic Beasts release date below. Read More »

Live By Night release date

The combined demands of promoting David Fincher’s Gone Girl (above) and acting in Zack Synder’s Batman vs. Superman have served to push back Ben Affleck’s next movie as director. For months Affleck has planned to make Live By Night, based on the book by Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River author Dennis Lehane. Affleck will still make the film, but it is now third in line behind the two aforementioned projects. Live By Night will have to cool its heels waiting for an evening in 2016. Info on that, and a few other Warner date changes, is below.   Read More »

robert zemeckis philippe petit

Briefly: Two movies with major star-power were just given slots on the release schedule. The biggest one is To Reach the Clouds, Robert Zemeckis‘ 3D film about high-wire walker Philippe Petit. The film will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley. It’ll be out October 2, 2015. Read more about it here.

Then there’s Ricki and the Flash, the Jonathan Demme-directed, Diablo Cody-written drama starring Meryl Streep. It’ll be released June 26, 2015, some much needed counter programming in the packed summer. There’s plot info here. [ERC Box Office]

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Briefly: Axel Foley is officially back. Paramount has set a March 25, 2016 release date for a new Beverly Hills Cop film, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Eddie Murphy. Little is known about the film except Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) wrote the latest version of the script. [ERC Box Office]

Also, on the same day, Warner Bros. will open the 3D disaster film Geostorm, written and directed by Dean Devlin, starring Gerard Butler. [Deadline]

Big Eyes release date

Christmas always a busy time for the box office, and now The Weinstein Co. has added a new present to the pile. Tim Burton‘s Big Eyes, a biopic of artists Walter and Margaret Keane, is now set to open December 25. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz star. Hit the jump for more details.

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Olympus Has Fallen sequel

Olympus Has Fallen did so well in America last year that its sequel is going across the pond next year. Focus Features has acquired U.S. rights to London Has Fallen and set it for a fall 2015 release date. The action-packed follow-up brings back Gerard Butler as hyper-competent Secret Service head Mike Banning. Hit the jump for new plot details and more.

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