Sony Pictures has announced a slight shuffle in their 2017 release schedule, moving around the release dates for three of their upcoming features.
The Dark Tower, which it was recently revealed will begin production in seven weeks in South Africa, has moved from its original release date of January 13, 2017 to February 17, 2017. An adaptation of the Stephen King novel series, the film will open against Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ The Great Wall and 20th Century Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Nikolaj Arcel will direct the film, which stars Idris Elba as Roland “The Gunslinger” Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the evil man in black. Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Abbey Lee is in negotiations for the female lead.
Another shift in the schedule, since The Dark Tower now sits on its original release date, is the upcoming Bad Boys 3, which has been delayed to June 2, 2017. Bad Boys 3 will now open against Warner Bros.’ upcoming comedy film The House, starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. The A-Team and The Grey director Joe Carnahan will direct the film, which is expected to feature the return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
Sony moves release dates for The Dark Tower, Bad Boys 3, and Barbie
Finally, with Bad Boys 3 blasting onto its original release, the Barbie movie has been moved up three weeks to a May 12, 2017 release. Currently it is the only film set to be released that weekend, though it is sandwiched between Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Paramount’s Baywatch movie. Currently without a director, the script for Barbie has been written by Jenny Bicks and Diablo Cody.