DreamWorks Animation has delayed their upcoming animated adventure B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, pushing it from its June 5, 2015 release, although a new date has not been determined. If it would have opened on June 5 next year, it would have gone up against Warner Bros.' Entourage and Focus Features' Insidious Chapter 3.
Here's what a DreamWorks Animation spokesperson had to say about the release date shift.
"Animated features are our most valuable assets and we regularly evaluate how to maximize their value, including determining the most opportune time to release a film."
The move now leaves DWA with two movies set for release next year, Home (March 27, 2015) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (December 23, 2015). It's possible that the studio may simply move B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations to a fall 2015 release, but that has not been confirmed.
B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations centers on a government organization that uses ghosts to protect humans from being haunted. The plot thickens when the bureau comes under attack, leaving two young recruits to save the day. The voice cast is lead by Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Rashida Jones, Matthew Bomer, Bill Murray, Jennifer Coolidge and Octavia Spencer.
The news also comes on the heels of another attempt to sell DreamWorks Animation that fell through. Hasbro was in talks to merge with the animation studio before the deal fell apart last week, and a similar deal with Japanese banking giant Softbank also collapsed back in September.