‘The LEGO Movie 2’ Delayed to 2019 Because Everything Can’t Be Awesome All the Time
Warner Bros. has done a little release date-shuffling, moving a few of their upcoming films around — most notably (and perhaps disappointingly) The LEGO Movie 2, which was originally set to hit theaters in 2018 and will now arrive nine months later in 2019. The good news is that we still have two new LEGO Movie spinoffs coming in 2017, and Ben Affleck’s Live By Night will now hit theaters a bit earlier than expected.
THR reports that WB has pushed The LEGO Movie 2 back from May 18, 2018 to February 8, 2019, giving it the same slot as its wildly successful predecessor. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are producing the sequel, while Rob Schrab (Community, Childrens Hospital) is taking over directing duties for the duo. The LEGO Batman Movie is still set to arrive on February 10, 2017, while Ninjago will hit theaters next September. Additionally, there seems to be some confusion over the latter’s specific date, with THR reporting September 23 and Variety claiming it’s September 17 (IMDb says September 22; shrug emoticon).
In possibly better news, WB has moved Live By Night up from October 2017 to January 13, 2017. January has typically proven to be a dumping ground for the kinds of movies for which studios have little confidence, but a Dennis Lehane adaptation directed by and starring Ben Affleck still sounds fairly exciting.
WB has also pushed back the sci-fi actioner Geostorm (what a title!), producer Dean Devlin’s directorial debut starring Gerard Butler. This isn’t the first time the studio has delayed the film, which will now hit theaters on October 20, 2017.
And finally, Ed Helms and Owen Wilson’s comedy Bastards has been pushed back from this November to January 27, 2017. Larry Sher, the cinematographer behind The Hangover, is making his directorial debut on that project, which also stars J.K. Simmons and Glenn Close.