You’ll have to wait a while longer (and possibly indefinitely) for Bad Boys 3, as Sony just took the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence sequel off its calendar entirely while announcing a slew of release date changes.
Bad Boys 3 (aka Bad Boys for Life) had been slated to open on Nov. 9, 2018. But without a director attached, and Will Smith gearing up to start filming Suicide Squad 2 coupled with the fact that Martin Lawrence isn’t getting any younger, and the project’s future has to be considered in jeopardy. That’s big news, considering Sony needs franchises, especially in the wake of the mediocre performance of The Dark Tower.
Fortunately, Sony does have some new franchises coming down the pipeline, including Barbie, which moved from June 29, 2018 to Aug. 8, 2018. Anne Hathaway is set to star as the famed Mattel doll, while up-and-coming filmmaker Alethea Jones is directing. Aug. 8 happens to be a Wednesday, and it’s the same late summer weekend that Hathaway’s hit Princess Diaries movies were released. Right now, Barbie will take on Jason Statham’s shark movie Meg and the Scarface remake, although who knows if that Universal project will actually be ready in time.
Meanwhile, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s female superhero movie Silver and Black will open on Feb. 8, 2019, and keep in mind that Marvel Studios is not involved in the development or production of this Spider-Man spinoff featuring two of the web-slinger’s better-known villains. Silver and Black will take on The LEGO Movie 2 at the box office, where the films will compete for very different audiences.
Sony will attempt to launch a comedy franchise with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s Holmes and Watson, which was pushed back from Aug. 3, 2018 to Nov. 9, 2018. The only other movie slated to open that day is Illumination’s Grinch movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Elsewhere, Sony announced it will release the newly-retitled thriller Sicario 2: Soldado in June 29, 2018, and here’s hoping it’s a smart summer film for adults rather than most of the movies that pass for entertainment in June and July. The film was previously called Soldado, so it makes sense why the studio would want to remind audiences that it’s actually a sequel to Sicario. Led by Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin, that film will take on the New Line comedy Tag and the Amy Schumer indie I Feel Pretty at the box office.
Finally, Michelle MacLaren’s World War II movie The Nightingale has been pushed from Aug. 10, 2018 to Jan. 25, 2019, and TriStar’s The Rosie Project will hit theaters on May 10, 2019. Nightingale doesn’t have any competition currently, while Rosie Project will square off against STX’s Uglydolls movie.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief