Warner Bros. is making some changes to its 2017 release calendar. Fresh off of Sony moving around Baywatch (to Memorial Day weekend) and Life (to March 24th), Warner Bros. has opted to push Guy Ritchie’s gritty King Arthur off of its March 24, 2017 date and instead into the heat of the Summer Movie Season, landing on May 12th. That’s Mother’s Day weekend for those keeping count, where the Charlie Hunnam-fronted fantasy epic will square off against the untitled Amy Schumer/Goldie Hawn comedy. That gives it ample room to play, although it will also be fighting off residual traction from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 opening May 5th and has Alien: Covenant landing on May 19th.
The Guy Ritchie film has actually been in the can for quite some time—I can remember Ritchie sending a message from the set at Comic-Con 2015, where they were promoting his underrated Man from U.N.C.L.E. I’m not sure if Warner Bros. just didn’t know what to do with it or what, but after shuffling its release around a few times, it appears they’ve settled on a summer blockbuster bow.
Additionally, with King Arthur entering the May fray, the horror sequel Annabelle 2 is moving off of its May 19th date and is being shifted to August 11, 2017. That puts it directly up against Edgar Wright’s actioner Baby Driver, but August is solid territory for a horror film, and Annabelle 2 marks the follow-up project for Lights Out filmmaker David F. Sandberg, whose previous film was a massive box office success for New Line/Warner Bros.
And finally, with Annabelle 2 taking over August 11th, Warner Bros. is moving Dax Shepard’s feature film adaptation of CHiPS to March 24, 2017 marking a pretty serious shift for the film as it now arrives five months earlier than expected. As previously noted, March 24th is now home to the Jake Gyllenhaal-fronted sci-fi thriller Life as well as Lionsgate’s Power Rangers.