Sony Pictures has set a slew of release dates for a number of promising upcoming projects, most notably two Bad Boys sequels. After years of no commitments from Michael Bay, we learned last month that Narc and The Grey director Joe Carnahan was in talks to write and possibly direct Bad Boys 3. It appears he may have cracked the story for two sequels at once, as Sony has dated Bad Boys 3 for February 2017 and Bad Boys 4 for July 2019. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are expected to return.
Other notable dates: The Dark Tower may finally be getting off the ground with director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) at the helm, as Sony has slated that picture for release on January 13, 2017. And Edgar Wright’s next movie, Baby Driver starring Ansel Elgort, gets a solid March 17, 2017 release date. Sony has also slated Resident Evil 6—the final installment of the franchise—for 2017, and Underworld 5 will drop in October 2016.
We’ve also got another Jumanji coming during the 2016 holiday season, assuming Goosebumps is a success, and Barbie will drop in Summer 2017. And the Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi film Passengers, from The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum, gets a prime (awards season?) December 2016 date.
As for shifts, Uncharted has been pushed to 2017 after losing director Seth Gordon, Ghostbusters will arrive a week earlier next summer, and The Magnificent Seven has been moved to September 23, 2016.
This robust schedule comes at a curious time for Sony, which has suffered bust after bust in 2015 with films like Pixels, Chappie, and Aloha all failing to meet expectations. This slate no doubt hopes to turn things around, with 2017’s Spider-Man giving them a lift as well. Check out all the new dates below:
- Money Monster – April 8, 2016
- The Shallows – June 24, 2016
- Ghostbusters – July 15, 2016
- Patient Zero – September 2, 2016
- The Magnificent Seven – September 23, 2016
- Underworld 5 – October 21, 2016
- Passengers – December 21, 2016
- Jumanji – December 25, 2016
- The Dark Tower – January 13, 2017
- Resident Evil 6 – January 27, 2017
- Bad Boys 3 – February 17, 2017
- Baby Driver – March 17, 2017
- Barbie – June 2, 2017
- Uncharted – June 30, 2017
- The Lamb – December 8, 2017
- Bad Boys 4 – July 3, 2019