Universal Sets Release Dates for Untitled R-RATED COMEDY and MONSTER HIGH; Fox’s HOME and THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Swap Release Dates

     May 22, 2014


Here’s a look at some recent release dates:

  • Universal R-Rated Comedy will be released on May 13, 2016.
  • Universal Pictures’ Monster High will be released on October 7, 2016.
  • Fox’s supernatural thriller Home moves from November 26, 2014 to March 27, 2015.
  • Fox’s animated picture The Penguins of Madagascar takes the vacant November 26, 2014 slot, moving up from March 2015.
  • Relativity’s Untitled Armored Car Project will open on August 14, 2015.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

monster-highUniversal’s untitled R-rated comedy might just be a follow-up to this year’s recently released Nicholas Stoller film Neighbors.  The film, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, has already earned over $150 million in its first two weeks, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a sequel was in the works.  There’s nothing official to suggest this is the case just yet, as it could simply be a new project they’re not ready to announce just yet.

Here’s the official word on the Universal project, Monster High:

Surviving high school’s tough enough when your parents aren’t the most legendary monsters in history.  Finding your real identity while figuring out what to do with your secret one is just part of what the teenagers who attend super-secret academy MONSTER HIGH  go through every day—and night.  Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (TV’s Gossip Girl and The O.C., Endless Love) wrote the screenplay based on the hugely successful Mattel franchise.  Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (HairsprayChicago) will produce under their Storyline Entertainment banner, and Schwartz and Savage will produce for Fake Empire.

Fox has switched release dates for Home and The Penguins of Madagascar.  The former picture centers on a man (Topher Grace) who inherits a mansion from his deceased parents and starts to suspect it is haunted after a series of disturbing events.  The Blumhouse Productions picture also stars Genesis Rodriguez and Patricia Clarkson and will be directed by Dennis Iliadis.  Meanwhile, the DreamWorks Animation spin-off The Penguins of Madagascar features the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, and John DiMaggio.

Finally, from Relativity comes word of their Untitled Armored Car Project’s release date.  Formerly titled Loomis Fargo, the film is based on the true story of four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history by robbing a Loomis Fargo truck and making away with nearly $20 million.  Jared Hess directs from a script by Emily Spivey with Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig set to star.

[Release dates via Universal and Box Office Mojo.]


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