Universal Pictures handed out a slew of new release dates today, most notably giving Guillermo del Toro's haunted house thriller Crimson Peak an October 16, 2015 release. As of now, the movie has no direct competition in that slot.
Mia Wasikowska is attached to star as Edith Cushing, who realizes that her new husband isn't the man he appears to be. Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Burn Gorman, Jim Beaver, Javier Botet and Emily Coutts are attached to star. Guillermo del Toro is directing from a script he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon, with production scheduled to begin next month at Pinewood Studios in Toronto.
The studio also issued a February 27, 2015 release date for Everest, which Baltasar Kormákur is directing. it is going up against Selfless, starring Ryan Reynolds. Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes and Jason Clarke are attached to star in this drama, based on the true story of three separate expeditions to Mount Everest in 1996, where a sudden storm hit, claiming the lives of eight climbers. It isn't known when production will begin.
With Elizabeth Banks coming on board to direct Pitch Perfect 2 last week, Universal has handed out a May 15, 2015 release date for the musical comedy sequel, which will square off against Mad Max: Fury Road. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are expected to reprise their roles from 2012's Pitch Perfect, although no story details were given.
Universal has also slated a number of movies for release later this year. The board game adaptation Ouija debuts on October 24, going up against Paranormal Activity 5 and Vince Vaughn's Business Trip. Olivia Cooke and Douglas Smith star in this thriller about a group of friends who must confront their deepest fears when they awaken supernatural forces through an ancient spirit board.
Despite having no cast members attached yet, director John Erick Dowdle's As Above, So Below will be released on August 15, going up against The Expendables 3 and The Giver. The thriller follows a team of explorers who take a journey through the miles of catacombs under the streets of Paris, where they discover a horrifying secret.
Liam Neeson's crime drama A Walk Among the Tombstones is set for September 19, competing against Dolphin Tale 2, The Drop (formerly Animal Rescue) and The Maze Runner. Scott Frank writes and directs this adaptation of Lawrence Block's best-selling novel series, which follows a former NYPD cop (Liam Neeson) who now works as an unlicensed private investigator. He reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker track down the men who killed his wife, which pulls him into a dangerous world he is not ready for.
Finally, the studio has announced that its Untitled Illumination Entertainment Project is now known as the Untitled Pets Project. Louis C.K. voices a New York dog named Max, whose world is upended when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel of a dog named Duke (voiced by Eric Stonestreet). They learn to put aside their differences to take down a bunny named Snowball (voiced by Kevin Hart), who is starting an army of Ex-Pets abandoned by their owners. The project is still keeping its previously-announced February 12, 2016 release date.