Superheroes and horror go hand-in-hand for many genre fans, so our latest development roundup should provide a few key pieces of information that should keep calendars accurate, anticipation high, and everyone’s Vin Diesel thirst sated.
First, a smart move from Universal regarding the release date of Happy Death Day 2U. As first reported by Slashfilm, the time-looping horror sequel was scheduled to hit theaters on Feb. 14, which happens to be the one-year anniversary of the shooting in Parkland, Florida that ended with 17 people dead. A victim’s father reached out to Universal on Twitter asking them to reconsider the association, noting that regardless of the clever title and Valentine's Day link, it would still unintentionally commemorate a national tragedy:
And Universal, to its credit, listened:
The film will now release on Feb. 13, one day early, and won’t be shown “in Parkland and the surrounding areas,” according to a statement. Marketing for the film will also be suspended in those areas as Universal takes steps to “allow the Parkland community to heal” rather than be bombarded with death-based advertisements.
In other horror news, the director of Pitch Perfect 3 is tackling horror-comedy next. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trish Sie will bring “female-fronted horror comedy Rebecca and Quinn Get Scared” to New Line from a script by first-time screenwriters Cylin Busby and Nanci Katz.
The haunted house story shows what happens to two best friends when they abandon NYC for something a bit more quaint — running a B&B in Maine — only to find something far more supernatural than they expected.
Finally, Vin Diesel released the first image from his superhero film Bloodshot. The film adapts the Valiant Comics character who becomes a literal super-soldier after being injected with nanites. Diesel plays Ray Garrison, the soldier in question, and posted the film’s first public image on Instagram.
Take a look:
That’s a soldier alright, and presumably one that doesn’t know what kind of super-shenanigans he’ll be getting up to later in the movie. Not much other news is coming from set — aside from the character’s creator saying things look good — so even this early image is nice to see in order to understand a bit more of the tone on the way from director Dave Wilson. And it’s always interesting to think that this could be the image that kicks off an entire cinematic universe if things go well.
Bloodshot is in production now and is scheduled to hit theaters on Feb. 21, 2020.