Here’s a look at the new schedule of release dates for some upcoming movies:
- The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz, will be pushed back a week to August 10th.
- The Babymakers, starring Olivia Munn, Paul Schneider and Aisha Tyler, will open August 3rd.
- Alex Cross, starring Tyler Perry, Rachel Nichols and Matthew Fox, will open a week earlier on October 19th.
- The Big Wedding, starring Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Katherine Heigl, will take Alex Cross’s previous spot, opening October 26th.
Hit the jump for more on each movie, including why Universal is delaying the opening of their fourth Bourne movie, The Bourne Legacy.
First up from Deadline comes the news that Universal has pushed back the opening date on The Bourne Legacy by a week to soften the box office blow due to The Dark Knight Rises and to avoid competing with Sony’s Total Recall, which opens August 3rd. Deadline also reports that the delay has nothing to do with the film’s recent reshoots that just wrapped about a week ago. It’s worth noting that reshoots on the previous films were commonplace and even a bit chaotic at times; they did fine, pulling in nearly a billion dollars at the box office. Second unit director and stunt coordinator Dan Bradley downplays this as the reason for the delay, saying the reshoots were:
“two days of pickups. There was one shot that we needed to get. It was a beat. It was nothing.”
Although Renner is being introduced as a new character in the canon that Matt Damon established in the previous three films, the fourth installment is reportedly tracking well. Positive buzz or not, it makes financial sense to get out from under the shadow of the bat. Here’s Universal’s official response:
“Just as The Avengers demonstrated marketplace sustainability that well outpaced traditional patterns earlier this summer, the industry expects a similar trajectory for The Dark Knight Rises. Moving one week further from its release will give The Bourne Legacy an even greater opportunity to maximize its opening box office potential. Moving to August 10 will also allow us to extend valuable promotion for the film across all NBCUniversal platforms during the Olympics, which will dominate television and digital audiences beginning July 27. We are excited about this new chapter in our Bourne franchise and confident that August 10 is the right date for our film and for our industry as a whole.”
You can watch the trailer for The Bourne Legacy here. Here’s the synopsis:
The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.
For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
The following release date changes come courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
Perry hopes to star in an action franchise of his own, in the first installment of the James Patterson novel series. Alex Cross now opens on October 19th, 2012. Check out some images here, followed by the novel’s synopsis:
You can’t run
Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim.
You can’t hide
The hunt for her murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Alex and Bree are soon facing down some very important, very protected, very dangerous people in levels of society where only one thing is certain–they will do anything to keep their secrets safe.
Alex Cross is your only hope to stay alive
As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable–a revelation that could rock the entire world. [Amazon]
The Big Wedding will take Alex Cross’s spot, now opening a week later on October 26th, 2012. The ensemble comedy also stars Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes and Topher Grace.
Lastly, with a new release date comes the Broken Lizard comedy The Babymakers, opening August 3rd. You can check out the new red-band trailer here and read up on the film’s synopsis below:
After trying everything to get his wife Audrey pregnant, Tommy Macklin realizes to his horror that he may be “shooting blanks.” Terrified that his marriage may fall apart, Tommy recruits his friends to rob a spermbank where he made a deposit years ago. As with any half-baked scheme, everything can and does go wrong, testing the limits of Tommy and Audrey’s relationship and showing how far one couple will go in hopes of getting pregnant.