Warner Bros. Pictures has announced some of its upcoming slate for 2017, with four new films added to the studio’s eclectic line-up for next year.
Firstly, the studio has given upcoming Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night a prime Oscar spot with a release date set for October 20th. The film sees Ben Affleck in the directorial chair for the fourth time (as well as star) and tells the story of a “petty Boston thief who rises to become the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner.”
Live By Night will open alongside an untitled Universal/Blumhouse film. Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson and Chris Cooper co-star with Affleck in the film.
Next, Ice Cube comedy Fist Fight has been scheduled for February 17th, something of a prime comedy location after both Cube’s Ride Along films performed well in similar slots. The film follows a school teacher (Charlie Day, Horrible Bosses), who after getting the other fired (Cube), is challenged to an after-school fight. Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Tracey Morgan (30 Rock) co-star but will have its work cut-out for it, as its currently going up against Matt Damon-starrer The Great Wall, 20th Century Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure (though this one may move after star Dylan O’Brien’s injury on-set last week); and perhaps biggest of all, the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba.
And for you horror fans, Annabelle 2 is coming to 2017, with the sequel set for releases on May 19th, putting it in direct competition with the big-screen version of hit 1990’s TV show Baywatch, which stars Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 7), Zac Efron (Dirty Grandpa) and Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas).
Warners has also booked a slot on August 11th for an unknown film.