We’re gonna have to wait quite a bit longer to see the next film from Richard Linklater. Again. The Boyhood filmmaker’s adaptation of the Maria Semple novel Where’d You Go Bernadette was shot back in 2017 and originally scheduled for release by Annapurna Pictures in May 2018. The film was then pushed back to October 2018, a seemingly more appropriate release date for a Cate Blanchett-fronted character piece directed by Linklater. But then the release date was bumped once more to March 22, 2019, and now Annapurna has changed its mind yet again, pushing the Where’d You Go Bernadette release date to August 9, 2019.
Blanchett plays an artist who suddenly goes missing, leaving it up to her husband and 15-year-old daughter to track her down. The first trailer dropped last month and revealed a much more comedic and potentially commercial film than some were expecting, and per Variety this latest release date move was to take advantage of a date that’s been a solid launching pad for female-driven films like Crazy Rich Asians, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Julia and Julia.
To be fair, the March 22nd date was already insanely crowded with Jordan Peele’s Us, the Matthew McConaughey-fronted Beach Bum, and the Tom Hanks movie Greyhound already setting up shop. On the new August release date, the film will work as solid counterprogramming to Disney’s kids fantasy Artemis Fowl, the horror adaptation Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and the untitled new film from Hereditary director Ari Aster.
And to be frank, Annapurna needs a hit. The studio began self-distributing with 2017’s Detroit, a financial disappointment, and last year’s The Sisters Brothers managed to pull in only $3 million despite having a cast full of recognizable faces. If Beale Street Could Talk is in the midst of a very slow rollout (it’s currently at $8 million), but Vice is proving to be the studio’s biggest hit thus far, currently standing at $37 million. Can Where’d You Go Bernadette find the same kind of success that other female-driven films found in August? We’ll find out in five months.