Warner Bros. has added four new movies to its 2017 calendar today, including Ben Affleck's next directorial effort, along with a new original comedy, a horror sequel and an untitled mystery project. Deadline reports that the studio has handed out an October 20, 2017 release date for Live by Night, which was written and directed by Ben Affleck, who also stars alongside Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller and Elle Fanning. The movie is currently the only project slated for release on that date, coming one week after Universal's thriller The Snowman, starring Michael Fassbender.
Live by Night is based the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, which follows Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the son of a police captain who gets dragged into the world of organized crime. The story is set in the Prohibition Era of the 1920s. Zoe Saldana also stars as Graciella Suarez, who Joe meets while he's on business in Tampa. Sienna Miller plays Emma, who Joe falls for towards the beginning of the story, while Elle Fanning plays Loretta Figgis, a sheriff's daughter and aspiring actress who gets into trouble. The supporting cast also includes Chris Cooper and Chris Messina.
Live By Night marks Ben Affleck's fourth directorial effort, following 2007's Gone Baby Gone, 2010's The Town and 2012's Argo, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. This also marks the second time the mutli-hyphenate has adapted a Dennis Lehane novel, following Gone Baby Gone, with the filmmaker writing the adapted screenplay himself. The adaptation was initially supposed to start filming in 2013, but that didn't happen because the actor committed to starring in Gone Girl for 20th Century Fox and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. also set a February 17, 2017 release date for Fist Fight, starring Charlie Day and Ice Cube. The comedy centers on a mild-mannered English teacher (Charlie Day) who is confronted by a colleague (Ice Cube) who thinks he's trying to have him fired, setting the stage for an after-school fight. Tracy Morgan, Dean Norris and Jillian Bell round out the supporting cast of this comedy, directed by Richie Keen in his feature debut. Fist Fight has plenty of competition in the February 17, 2017 date, going up against Sony's The Dark Tower, Universal's The Great Wall and 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
The studio has also set a May 19, 2017 date for its horror sequel Annabelle 2, which will go up against Paramount's Baywatch remake that is currently in production. The sequel doesn't have any cast members or a director in place, but we reported in October that original Annabelle writer Gary Dauberman has come back to write the sequel. The studio has also set an August 11, 2017 date for an "untitled event film," which will be going up against Sony's Emoji.