Today is apparently a day of disappointing movie delays via Sony Pictures. This morning, we learned that The Dark Tower is being pushed from February to July, and now comes word that Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World filmmaker Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated Baby Driver has been delayed five months from March 17, 2017 to August 11, 2017. While the longer wait for the next movie from one of the most exciting directors working today is upsetting, this actually may be a smart move. In March, the film was squaring off against Disney’s sure-to-be-massive Beauty and the Beast, and August has now become a solid box office ground for films like Suicide Squad, Straight Outta Compton, Sausage Party, and Don’t Breathe.
On its new release date, Baby Driver will square off against the CHiPs remake, the Charlize Theron-fronted spy thriller The Coldest City, and The Emoji Movie. It also comes one week after the release of Fox’s Alien: Covenant, but Baby Driver promises to be anything but ordinary and could benefit from repeat business in the weeks leading up to the start of the school season.
Written and directed by Wright, Baby Driver is an original story about a mute wheelman who operates to the sound of music. Further details are under wraps, but it’s been described as a musical of sorts and boasts one hell of a cast led by Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Elza González, Jon Bernthal, and Kevin Spacey.
Indeed, we still haven’t seen an official image from Baby Driver so perhaps Sony has been mulling a push for a few months now. No reason is given for the release date shift, but it likely has to do with Sony shaking up its slate overall. The studio’s had a so-so 2016 and looking ahead to next year, has some gambles with the original sci-fi Life in May and the Jumanji sequel, which has now been pushed to December 22nd with The Dark Tower taking over its July release date. Positioning Baby Driver in August feels like a swell business move, especially in the wake of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s expected success in early July. It’s just a bummer we have to wait a few more months for the next film from Edgar Wright.