Sony announce release dates for BAD BOYS 3 & 4, THE DARK TOWER, JUMANJI reboot and more!

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Hey, Marvel and DC! You ain’t the only guys in Tinsel Town that can announce movie lineups for years to come and get fans all excited! While not as ambitious as Marvel’s 15-year in advance calendar skills, Sony has now joined the ranks of prognosticating studios by revealing their slate for the next couple of years. And it’s a pretty impressive lineup led by a couple of bad boys!

Yes, after the back and forth “will they or won’t they?” we’ve seen for the last few years, Sony have now officially greenlit a pair of Bad Boys sequels – yes, two movies! – with Bad Boys 3 slotted for 17 February 2017,  and Bad Boys 4 scheduled to drop on 3 July 2019. It’s still uncertain whether Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will return as the pair of fast-talking, fast-shooting LA cops, or whether the recent rumours that Joe Carnahan will be taking over from Michael Bay in the director’s chair, but clearly Sony already has something in the pipeline to announce a date that’s less than a year and a half away.

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Another long-gestating project that is now officially on the cards will be the first installment in The Dark Tower, the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel series. Oscar nominated Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – the original version) will helm as well as co-write the fantasy pic, which is now scheduled to bow on 13 January 2017.

Nowadays, no movie studio lineup is complete without a modern reboot of a beloved classic though, and Sony will be ticking that box thrice with a planned Jumanji reboot slated for Christmas day 2016, while Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot now finally gets an official release date of 15 July 2016, the Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven dropping on 23 September 2016.

Another point of interest is that despite losing it’s director recently, and being forced to do a creative about-face, Sony still has long delayed video game adaptation Uncharted penciled in for two years from now.

Here’s the complete lineup revealed by Sony (via Variety) with synopses/info added where available:

  • Money Monster – 8 April 2016

Lee Gates is a TV personality whose insider tips have made him the money guru of Wall Street. When Kyle loses all of his family’s money on a bad tip, he holds Lee and his entire show hostage on air threatening to kill Lee if he does not get the stock up 24 and a half points before the bell. Ratings soar as the entire country tunes in to this media frenzy to find out just how much a man’s life is worth. Meanwhile, the hostage situation sheds light on a possible scandal involving the company in question.

Directed by Jodie Foster, starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell

  • The Shallows – 24 June 2016

No synopsis/info available

  • Ghostbusters – 15 July 2016

Directed by Paul Feig, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kat McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth

  • Patient Zero – 2 September 2016

After an unprecedented global pandemic has turned the majority of humankind into violent “Infected,” a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected’s new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

Starring Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci and Matt Smith

  • The Magnificent Seven – 23 September 2016

Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Matt Bomer, Cam Gigandet, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennett, Luke Grimes, Byung-Hun Lee

  • Underworld 5 – 21 October 2016

 Starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, India Eisley

  • Passengers – 21 December 2016

A spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 60 years early. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger.

Directed by Morten Tyldum, starring Chris Pratt, Jeniffer Lawrence, Michael Sheen

  • Jumanji  – 25 December 2016

No synopsis/info available

  • The Dark Tower – 13 January 2017

Gunslinger Roland Deschain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of a dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – 27 January 2017

Following the events of “Resident Evil: Retribution”, Project Alice is forced to race against time as the villainous Red Queen attempts to destroy the final remnants of humanity.

Starring Mila Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller

  • Bad Boys 3 – 17 February 2017

No synopsis/info available

  • Baby Driver 17 March 2017

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a doomed heist.

Written/directed by Edgar Wright, starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James

  • Barbie – 2 June 2017

No synopsis/info available

  • Uncharted – 30 June 2017

No synopsis/info available

  • The Lamb – 8 December 2017

No synopsis/info available

  • Bad Boys 4 – 3 July 2019

No synopsis/info available

Last Updated: August 7, 2015

Kervyn Cloete

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