For those of you cinephiles who are also obsessive planners, it’s time to break out the calendars, because Warner Bros. is shaking up its slate with date changes to Godzilla 2, The Six Billion Dollar Man, and the Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.
Let’s begin by going in order of most scaly, so Gojira for the win there. Originally set to debut domestically March 22, 2019, director Michael Dougherty’s (Trick 'r Treat, Krampus) Godzilla 2, Godzilla: King of the Monsters has been pushed back to prime time, with an opening date smack dab in the heart of Summer Movie Season: May 31, 2019.
Starring Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Super 8), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, The Conjuring), the big summer movie will take place before the events of Adam Wingard's 2020 film Godzilla vs. Kong and find the one true king (there can be only one) battling “some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history,” according to the IMDb synopsis.
Next scaliest? Wahlberg? Sure, why not? Wahlberg starrer The Six Billion Dollar Man (which is already tacking on a comma to Lee Majors' original The Six Million Dollar Man) is going to see about a year’s worth of inflation, as it’s been pushed back from May 31, 2019, to June 5, 2020.
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, director Damian Szifron left the project over creative differences, leaving the movie leaderless with just a few months to go before production was set. WB was reportedly trying to quickly fill Szifron’s shoes to keep on schedule, but that apparently didn’t work out. The production has been trying to get off the ground for a while now, having already lost previous director and frequent Wahlberg collaborator Peter Berg (Lone Survivor).
Finally, mark Jan. 24, 2020, in your calendar as the first date announcement for another long-awaited reprise, Doctor Sleep, the 40-years-in-the-making sequel to one of the scariest movies ever put to celluloid, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (not to be confused with Matt Groening’s The Shinning).
Gerald’s Game director Mike Flanagan is set to helm the sequel based on Stephen King’s 2013 novel (a follow-up to his 1977 bestselling third novel), which finds redrum-loving Danny Torrance as a psychically enhanced adult who's now inherited his dad Jack’s penchant for alcohol and anger.
Which of these three Warner Bros. movies has you most excited to update your calendar? Let us know in the comments below!
(via The Hollywood Reporter)