Get ready for the dominoes to start falling in earnest as studios race to rearrange their 2024 theatrical release calendars amid the ongoing actors’ strike.
Disney on Friday announced it is delaying the release of its live-action Snow White movie starring Rachel Zegler by a year from March 22, 2024 to March 21, 2025. The film, which is officially titled Disney’s Snow White, is among the studio’s biggest offerings of the year, and is one of the anchors of its spring slate.
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The other spring anchor is Pixar’s March animated tentpole Elio, which is being pushed back by more than a year, from March 1, 2024 to June 13, 2025.
In a move unrelated to the strike, Disney and Searchlight have removed Magazine Dreams starring Jonathan Majors from the December 2023 calendar. The decision was widely expected due to Majors’ legal troubles. He is due to stand trial Nov. 29 in New York for misdemeanor harassment and assault charges. The film premiered at Sundance in January, and at the time, was considered an awards season vehicle for Majors, who plays an aspiring body builder.
The calendar shifts come as the actors strike has stretched past 100 days. Earlier this week, Disney’s Bob Iger and other Hollywood CEOs told SAG-AFTRA that the deadline is all but upon them in terms of having to decide which films to push if the two sides can’t come to a resolution. Multiple sources say that deadline is the first week of November, if not Nov 1.
Expect more release date changes in the coming days should the strike talks fall apart, and particularly regarding 2024 summer movies.
Disney did not address the status of Deadpool 3, which Marvel Studios is set to open in early May of this year, but the threequel is virtually assured of relocating as it was one numerous Hollywood movies that had to halt production when the actors’ strike commenced.
On Monday, Paramount announced that Tom Cruise’s next Mission: Impossible movie is departing the 2024 box office calendar. The eighth installment in the action spy franchise appears to be dropping the second half of its previous title, Dead Reckoning, Part Two, with a new title expected to be announced at a later date.
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