Sony Pictures Entertainment today unveiled release dates for 16 films for the studio's 2016 and 2017 slates, including the highly-anticipated Jumanji reboot and The Dark Tower. The additions compose a diverse, globally oriented mix of films, including new films with franchise potential (Uncharted, Patient Zero), established franchises (Bad Boys 3 and Bad Boys 4, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Underworld 5), adaptations of strong and beloved source material (The Magnificent Seven, Barbie), and daring original films (Passengers, Money Monster, The Shallows, Baby Driver, The Lamb).
These films join numerous projects already on the studio's slate, including Ghostbusters, which moves up one week to 7/15/16), the next Spider-Man film (7/28/17), The Equalizer 2 (9/29/17), Dan Brown's Inferno (10/14/16), Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (11/11/16), and the Spider-Man Animated Movie masterminded by Phil Lord & Chris Miller (7/20/18.) Today's announcement was the first time Bad Boys 4 was officially confirmed, but, like many of these project, very few details have been given.
Jumanji will hit theaters on Christmas Day 2016, which puts it up against 20th Century Fox's The Greatest Showman on Earth, which has Hugh Jackman set to star as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus founder P.T. Barnum. The last we heard about Jumanji was way back in 2012, when screenwriter Zach Helm (Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium) took over the writing duties. No director or cast members are attached yet.
The Dark Tower will arrive on January 13, 2017, taking the slot originally occupied by The Magnificent Seven remake, which will now be released on September 23, 2016. The Dark Tower will go up against the animated comedy Boss Baby. Nikolaj Arcel recently signed on to direct The Dark Tower, although no cast members are attached yet. The Magnificent Seven's all-star cast includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, with the Western going up against Storks and A Cure For Wellness.
The rest of Sony's 2016 slate includes Money Monster (4/8/16), The Shallows (6/24/16), Patient Zero (9/2/16), Underworld 5 (10/21/16) and Passengers (12/21/16), opening just days before Jumanji's Christmas day release. The studio's 2017 slate also includes Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (1/27/17), Bad Boys 3 (2/17/17), Baby Driver, (3/17/17),, Barbie (6/2/17), Uncharted (6/30/17) and The Lamb (12/8/17), along with Bad Boys 4 (7/3/19).