Walt Disney Pictures has handed out new release dates for the upcoming projects Ghost in the Shell and Pete's Dragon, while swapping dates for The Jungle Book and The Finest Hours. Ghost in the Shell will hit theaters on April 14, 2017, while Pete's Dragon debuts August 12, 2016. The Jungle Book has moved from October 9, 2015 to April 15, 2016, with The Finest Hours taking the October 9 slot.
We reported last week that Scarlett Johansson will star in Ghost in the Shell, which currently has the April 14, 2017 date to itself. The project does fall between two other high-profile releases, Legendary's Pacific Rim 2 (April 7, 2017) and an untitled Universal Pictures monster movie (April 21, 2017). Rupert Sanders is directing Ghost in the Shell, which centers on a member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission covert unit that specializes in fighting cyber-crime.
Pete's Dragon will be going up against Lionsgate's Dirty Grandpa, Sony's Sausage Party and Universal's Spectral on August 12, 2016, with Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad opening just one week later on August 5, 2016. Newcomer Oakes Fegley stars as Pete in Pete's Dragon, which follows the young boy and his pet dragon as their home in the forest is threatened by loggers. Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley and Michael C. Hall co-star in director David Lowery's live-action/CGI hybrid reboot, which will eliminate the musical aspects from the 1977 original film.
The Jungle Book will now go up against Sony's Goosebumps and Universal's The Best Man Wedding on April 15, 2016. Neel Sethi plays young Mowgli, the only live-action character in Jon Favreau's adaptation, with a voice cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong'o. The Finest Hours goes up against Relativity's Kidnap and New Line's Vacation on October 9, 2015. Chris Pine, Graham McTavish and Casey Affleck star in this drama, based on the true story of a daring Coast Guard rescue in 1952.