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Michael Mann’s Cybercrime Thriller Hits January 2015, ‘Warcraft’ Moves To March 2016 To Make Way For ‘Star Wars 7’

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by Edward Davis
November 27, 2013 4:16 PM
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Universal Pictures and their new partners at Legendary Pictures (they said "see ya later" to Warner Bros. this year after “Pacific Rim”) have unveiled a quintet of release dates for their 2015/2016 season. Let’s get right to it. The first and perhaps most disappointing news is that Michael Mann’s untitled project (a cybercrime thriller set in Hong Kong starring Chris Hemsworth) has been dated for January 16, 2015. January is a crappy date, so it sucks, right? Well, for one, we’ll see if that date sticks, for two, Ron Howard’s Hemsworth-starring “In The Heart of The Sea” opens two months later and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a few months after that, so perhaps the studio is just trying to strategize around those dates.

News that every fanboy in the world already expected, Legendary’s “Warcraft,” directed by Duncan Jones, is moving from its December 18, 2015 release date, to March 11, 2016 because no one wants to release a major tentpole on the same day as “Star Wars: Episode VII” (which opens on the aforementioned Dec 2015 date).

Things are not really looking pretty for Legendary Pictures’ “Seventh Son,” which will be released February 6, 2015. A trailer for the film has already been released and it was originally supposed to land January 2014, so this means this year-end delay will actually be longer than the major delays of "47 Ronin" or "World War Z" (and fyi, "Seventh Son" did at one time have February 2013 date too, so it has been kicked down the line more than once). 

Lastly, Jennifer Lopez’s “The Boy Next Door” has been dated for January 23, 2015 and “The Mummy” reboot, produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (producers and writers on the “Star Trek” series), has been slotted for April 22, 2016.

Official synopses for all the movies below.

UNTITLED MICHAEL MANN PROJECT
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s UNTITLED MICHAEL MANN PROJECT follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce alongside Mann, while Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will serve as the executive producers.

THE BOY NEXT DOOR
Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in THE BOY NEXT DOOR, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and written by Barbara Curry, the film also stars Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth. THE BOY NEXT DOOR is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of Nuyorican Productions, Benny Medina of The Medina Company and John Jacobs of Smart Entertainment.

SEVENTH SON
In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Seventh Son) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. Sergei Bodrov directed SEVENTH SON from a screenplay by Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight, based on the book “The Spook’s Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thomas Tull and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni, Brent O’Connor and Alysia Cotter are executive producers, with Jillian Share and Erica Lee co-producing. The film will be released in 3D.

WARCRAFT
Legendary Pictures’ WARCRAFT, a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe, will be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and is written by Charles Leavitt and rewritten by Duncan Jones. The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share and Brent O’Connor will serve as executive producers. Blizzard’s Chris Metzen will co-produce.

THE MUMMY
A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in THE MUMMY, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. THE MUMMY is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team including director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek andTransformers series) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen and Barbara Muschietti will executive produce.

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2 Comments

  • LA2000 | November 30, 2013 6:25 AMReply

    The 01/16/15 release date for Michael Mann is entirely appropriate given his track record. His career best opening weekend is just shy of $26 million ("Miami Vice").

    The industry best opening on MLK Day weekend is just north of $40 million ( "Cloverfield"). That gives Mann plenty of room to surpass his career best before hitting the historical ceiling for that weekend.

    The only "surprise" in all of this is that Universal is declaring the project ill-suited to both the hyper competitive Holiday 2014 season and the 2014 Oscar race. But given Mann's inability to open a picture in blockbuster fashion and the fact that it has been nearly a decade since his work generated any Oscar buzz, how much of a surprise could this be? It sounds more like common sense.

  • tristan eldritch | November 27, 2013 8:18 PMReply

    I sorta figured Mann wasn't going to get another summer tent-pole season release - his style is increasingly at odds with blockbuster season, and neither Vice or Enemies did hugely well opening in summer if memory serves. Jan seems odd though.

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