‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Get 2015 Release Dates

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The anticipated fight between Superman and Batman has been postponed until 2016, but there are still plenty of major franchise tentpoles – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, James Bond 24, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and Star Wars: Episode VII among them – that will be flexing their big muscles during the 2015 box office derby.

Summer 2015 is largely filed out, in terms of genre blockbuster sequels, reboots and/or new pop intellectual properties (Ant-Man, Assassin’s Creed, and so forth) – and even the rare non-indie original form of entertainment (Tomorrowland, Inside Out, etc.) – headed to the big screen. However, there’s still room in the remaining months of that year, which Warner Bros. has taken advantage of to schedule early 2015 release dates for two noteworthy titles on its checklist.

First is The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a big screen reboot of the 1960s TV series that will star Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) as, respectively, an American CIA agent and Russian KGB operative who join forces to stop a global criminal organization. The project has evolved significantly over the past few years, when it changed from being the latest Steven Soderbergh/George Clooney joint to a new update of an older established property directed by Guy Ritchie (the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies).

Man from U.N.C.L.E. will open theatrically during next year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday frame, beginning January 16th, 2015. Question is, will it fare better, worse or the same at the box office as this year’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – another reboot based on an older espionage genre property, which has taken in $123 million worldwide thus far (on a $60 million budget). It’s possible that Man from U.N.C.L.E. will do better in the U.S. since it retains the original show’s 1960s backdrop; comparatively, the Jack Ryan reboot’s modernized take on the Tom Clancy character’s origins struggled to stand apart as something unique, contributing to it becoming the lowest-grossing Ryan flick here in the States.  

However, just as Shadow Recruit had to battle the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube teamup flick Ride Along for attention from moviegoers (a battle it definitely lost), Ritchie’s film will have to face-off against another Kevin Hart comedy in The Wedding Ringer. There’s also a new take on Frankenstein and a currently-untitled Michael Mann-helmed thriller starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) currently slated to arrive during that same opening weekend frame.

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That other noteworthy WB project now set for 2015 is Focus, a caper/comedy starring Will Smith as a seasoned con artist who takes a gifted protege under his wing – which turns out to be a bad idea, when the pair’s romantic interest in one another begins to conflict with their illicit work. I Love You Phillip Morris and Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa wrote the script and are calling the shots on the film, which costars Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as the woman whom Smith’s grifter becomes infatuated with.

Focus will open in theaters on February 27th, 2015, where its competition includes the true story-inspired climbing adventure/thriller Everest and the sci-fi feature Selfless from director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, Immortals). That not only means that Focus will be the next Will Smith vehicle to hit theaters, but it also means that the con artist flick will be another test of the A-lister’s current draw at the box office – which apparently isn’t enough to compensate for a film that doesn’t look all that promising anymore, as we saw last year with After Earth.


The Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens in U.S. theaters on January 16th, 2015.

Focus opens in U.S. theaters on February 27th, 2015.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Saw Man from U.N.C.L.E and Will Smith in the same sentence and became very afraid for a moment there….

    • Yeah, because you folks can’t get your race-baiting minds out the garbage for a sec to even comprehend. Your internet ‘crusade’ has gone unnoticed, and I’m dang sure you are a vocal minority, soon-to-be a population minority, as well.

      • Huh? I did not see anyone say anything racist except you, JM. Rarelyupforair was merely mentioning that he did not see Will Smith in MFU. Neither do I, and I am certainly about the least racist person here. It has nothing–NOTHING!!–to do with anyone’s ethnic background. I simply like to stick to canon. Why do some people leap out of bed all defensive in the morning seeking to play the race card?

      • I don’t think that Rarelyupforair was expressing any racist sentiment. He was just expressing shock or dismay that he thought he read Will Smith was in the movie. (Believe it or not, not everybody loves Will Smith or wants to see him in every movie.)

        Having said that, I think it would have been a great idea to update the Men from U.N.C.L.E. franchise by having the American or British agent be black and the Russian or Swedish agent be white. This would have been a good way to modernize the franchise. I would not have chosen Will Smith for the black guy. It would be a young black actor with some experience. For the white guy I would have chosen a European actor, possibly Russian (if the character is supposed to be Russian) or Swedish (if the character is supposed to be Swedish).

        I’m sure that the agents of U.N.C.L.E. grow old and retire and die, just like real people. So for me, there is no reason why the agents of U.N.C.L.E. that will appear in this movie need to be the same agents of U.N.C.L.E. that appeared in the 1960’s TV series.

        I doubt that the producers will try to make the Russian or Swedish guy as blond as he was in the TV series.

        I really don’t think that ‘canon’ needs to be applicable in the casting of this franchise at all.

        If the producers are smart they will have other important agents of U.N.C.L.E. in this movie and some of them will be visible minorities and some of them will be women.

    • I would be too. Will Smith is not a bad actor, but there is just no place for someone that far away from canon in Man From Uncle. I want to see Napoleon and Illya as close to the characters imagined in the enjoyable 60s TV series as possible.

  2. Will Smith movie without Jaden? Dayum, did he come to his senses finally?

  3. Surprised Focus is taking that long to come out. I thought it finished film like in december. I wouldn’t think it would be some sort of CGI fest where I couldn’t make a release date this year.

    Glad to finally UNCLE get a release date. Sadly that means we won’t get another SH film until December 2016 at the EARLIEST if they keep with the same winter schedule as the first two. And who knows if everyone will be able to film it in 2015 and if Guy will want to direct it next. So it might be even longer before we see another sherlock holmes film.

    • I also have been hoping to see that progress is being made on Man From Uncle. Now, anyone heard anything about how Doc Savage and The Equalizer are progressing?

  4. I almost lost interest, until I read GUY RITCHIE name as director.

    His movies are fun but smart at the same time. Sold.

  5. Kyle MacLachlan looks a bit like Robert Vaughn. Maybe too old to play the role but given it’s a movie and not an ongoing series maybe not.