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In today’s bit of random and completely unrelated release date news, Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have picked a date for the recently-announced RED NOTICE, which reteams Dwayne Johnson with his Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Minutes later, Sony announced that Screen Gems will be releasing the Sundance hit SEARCHING (formerly SEARCH), starring John Cho, this coming summer.
Red Notice was just announced and shopped to Universal in February, but they’re not waiting to see how the duo’s upcoming Skyscraper does before moving forward with the movie that puts Johnson in the role of an Interpol agent who has to catch the world’s most elusive art thief.
Universal will release the film on June 12, 2020, which so far, is wide open with the weekends before and after filled with a number of those “Untitled” tentpoles from DC, Pixar and Marvel/Fox.
The action-thriller will be produced by the same Skyscraper team, including Beau Flynn for Flynn Picture Co, who also produced Johnson’s upcoming New Line release Rampage, along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia from Johnson’sSeven Bucks Production, as well as Thurber for Bad Version, Inc. Wendy Jacobson is executive producer.
Searching has absolutely nothing to do with the Dwayne Johnson project — first of all, the movie has actually been filmed and completed — but it was one of the better movies I saw at Sundance this year. It was co-writte and directed by first-time filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty, and it stars John Cho from Star Trek as a father whose teen daughter has mysteriously vanished, so he goes looking for her. What makes Searching unique is that it’s told entirely on a computer screen.
Screen Gems will release Searching on August 3, which is already pretty busy with Disney’s Christopher Robin, Mark Wahlberg’s Mile 22, the Fox sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds and Lionsgate action-comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. One has to expect that one of those four will eventually move to another date.
Searching was produced by Timur Bekmambetov, Sev Ohanian, Adam Sidman and Natalie Qasabian, and you can read my thoughts on it from Sundance.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor