Sony Pictures has set release dates for its CHARLIE’S ANGELS reboot as well as TriStar’s THE NIGHTINGALE, both of which will be directed by women. The studio also set a release date for an untitled franchise film from Sony Pictures Animation.
Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2) will direct Charlie’s Angels, which will open on June 7, 2019. There are no other movies currently slated for release that day, though Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters on May 24, and the rest of June includes WB’s untitled DCEU movie (June 14), Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 (June 21) and Paramount’s Transformers 7 (June 28).
So basically, Charlie’s Angels will compete with the third frame of Star Wars right out of the gate (The Force Awakens made $90 million in its third frame, while Rogue One took in $49 million) and the Angels will battle DC superheroes during its second weekend in release. As long as that comic book movie isn’t a female-driven property like Batgirl, Sony should be just fine. Of course, a project like Charlie’s Angels all comes down to cast, and there’s no doubt that Sony will aim high in terms of star power.
Meanwhile, Michelle MacLaren will direct The Nightingale, which is based on the bestselling novel by Kristin Hannah that has sold more than two million copies. That film will open on August 10, 2018, which puts it in the crosshairs of Universal’s Scarface reboot, Paramount’s animated movie Amusement Park and WB’s Jason Statham shark thriller Meg.
Finally, Sony will release an untitled franchise movie from Sony Pictures Animation on July 24, 2020. That puts it up against an untitled DCEU movie. Since Sony only has so many animated franchises, our best guess is that this will be a sequel to The Emoji Movie if all goes well with the first film this summer. So far, the studio’s campaign has been pretty solid, but we’ll have to wait and see what the Box Office Gods say come July…
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief