Daniel Espinosa’s Life is gearing up for some fierce competition. Sony Pictures had originally slated the film for March 24, 2017, but Deadline reports that the studio is now bullish on the film after seeing the production dailies, and so they’ve now moved it to Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2017.
For those who are unfamiliar with Life (a film that could really use a title change), the premise is Alien meets Ten Little Indians.
Although the film features talented actors like Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rebecca Ferguson, as well as boasting a script from Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, it will still have some intense competition over the Memorial Day weekend. Life will be going up against Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (although who knows how much luster the franchise has lost since its last entry) and an untitled Universal comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, and Seth Rogen.
It should be a big weekend at the multiplex, although it remains to be seen how that weekend fares for quality. Most films that open on Memorial Day weekend are surprisingly poor. While I’m not expecting much from Pirates 5, Life sounds intriguing, and I’m hoping that it delivers on its promise.
Meanwhile, back on March 24th, Power Rangers and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will now have some breathing room.