11 Movies That Have Delayed Their Release Dates
No movie is made overnight, but some projects definitely have a longer road to the big screen than others. Case in point? The following films, including the upcoming Power Rangers reboot and the much-anticipated Lego Movie sequel, have all had their release dates pushed back at least once (if not multiple times), due to rewrites, schedule conflicts, and other behind-the-scenes issues. Below, check out 11 recently delayed movies:
1. Star Wars: Episode VIII
Star Wars fans will have to wait a little longer for Episode VIII. Earlier this year, Disney moved the release back from May 2017 to December 15, 2017. Though the studio didn’t elaborate much on its reason for the delay, the holiday season has proven to be fruitful for the franchise, as The Force Awakens opened on a similar date to great success in 2015. The move also serves to put a little more distance between Star Wars films, as Rogue One is set to hit theaters on December 18, 2016.
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, who were all introduced in The Force Awakens, will return to star in Episode VIII. Meanwhile, Rian Johnson will take the reins from J.J. Abrams to write and direct the upcoming sequel.
2. The LEGO Movie 2
In June, Warner Bros. announced that the highly anticipated sequel to the 2014 animated blockbuster has been pushed back by nine months. Instead of hitting theaters in May 2018, as originally expected, the movie is now slated to premiere on February 8, 2019.
Not many details are known about the flick (which isn’t surprising, given that there’s now over two years until its premiere), but The LEGO Movie writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will remain on board to co-write the script alongside Michelle Morgan and Jared Stern. Meanwhile, Rob Schrab is set to serve as director.
3. Godzilla 2
In May, it was revealed that Godzilla 2, Warner Bros.’ upcoming sequel to Gareth Edwards’s 2014 reboot, has been pushed back nine months. Instead of hitting theaters in June 2018, the follow-up monster flick will now open on March 22, 2019. That should give it plenty of time to find the right new candidate to direct, as Edwards exited the project shortly after the announced delay.
Penned by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein, Godzilla 2 is expected to expand the scope of the universe, bringing in characters like Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. It will also help set the stage for the studio’s planned Godzilla vs. Kong flick, set for release in 2020.
4. Power Rangers
In 2015, Lionsgate pushed its Power Rangers movie back for the second time, this time from January 13, 2017 to March 24 of the same year. The film was initially expected to hit theaters in summer 2016, but was delayed to the following year in order to allow for maximal box office potential.
While casting is still ongoing, the movie is currently set to star Dacre Montgomery, Becky Gomez, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, and Ludi Lin. Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston will also co-star.
5. Pitch Perfect 3
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has delayed the release date of the acapella-themed threequel from July 21, 2017 to December 22, 2017. The months-long delay will put the premiere right at the heart of the lucrative holiday movie season — or as Universal put it, “Get ready to have a Merry Pitchmas.”
Unfortunately, the postponement also caused Elizabeth Banks to drop out as director. The actress, who helmed the last sequel and also co-stars in the franchise, said the new scheduling conflicted with some of her parental responsibilities. However, she will remain on board as producer and is helping to develop the story for the film, which she has admitted is taking a little longer this time around. Banks will also reprise her role alongside fellow returning Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow.
6. Maze Runner: The Death Cure
The third film in the Maze Runner franchise has been pushed back nearly a year, in order to allow star Dylan O’Brien to recover from the serious injuries he sustained in an on-set accident in March. Per THR, O’Brien was in a harness on top of a moving vehicle when he was pulled off the vehicle unexpectedly and hit by another vehicle. Production was initially intended to shut down for only a few weeks, with Fox originally scheduling a return to set in May. But it’s since been revealed that O’Brien’s injuries will require more recovery time than expected.
To allow the actor to heal, the studio has shut down production indefinitely. The threequel’s premiere date has also been moved back from February 2017 back to January 12, 2018.
As reported in March, the X-Men spinoff was expected to begin production early this year, but has been continuously pushed back, due to ongoing rewrites. With the project still in limbo, director Doug Liman is now expected to helm Amazon’s psychological thriller The Wall, before making any headway on Gambit.
After it became clear that the movie wouldn’t be making its fall 2016 premiere date, Fox dropped Gambit from its release schedule. A new release date has not yet been set.
8. Avatar 2
The long-awaited sequel will no longer be hitting theaters Christmas 2017, as speculated. Though an official release date was never announced by 2oth Century Fox, director James Cameron himself had previously confirmed that the studio was aiming for a holiday release window. It seems the circumstances have since changed though, as The Wrap reports that Avatar 2 has once again been delayed.
The new projected release, which will again star Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, is a year later, on December 21, 2018.
DC’s Aquaman was expected to embark on his solo adventure on July 27, 2018, but that’s no longer the case. As Deadline reported in December, Warner Bros. is pushing the movie’s back by a little over two months. So what’s the new date? Aquaman is now set to swim into theaters on October 5, 2018. It remains unclear whether another DC movie will take Aquaman‘s original July release date or if the studio have just vacated that spot entirely.
10. God Particle
God Particle — the third film in the connected Cloverfield franchise, starring Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd and David Oyelowo –has been pushed back nearly eight months. Originally scheduled to premiere on February 24, 2017, the Paramount Pictures film has since been delayed to October 27, 2017. It’s unclear exactly why the JJ Abrams-produced project was delayed, although some reports suggest the movie needed more time for post production.
11. Justice League 2
After wrapping up Justice League, Snyder is not tackling Justice League 2 right away, as initially expected. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder is still expected to helm the Justice League sequel, but that movie has since been pushed back to make room for Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie (tentatively titled The Batman). With Affleck’s project presumably taking over the original June 14, 2019 date, it’s unclear when Justice League 2 will hit theaters.