Today's batch of newly-set movie theatrical release dates include a pair of sequels to successful comedies released in 2012 - in the forms of 21 Jump Street 2 and Think Like a Man Too (a.k.a. Think Like a Man 2) - in addition to the Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz raunch-com Sex Tape, as well as the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore rom-com Blended.
However, if high-concept and/or star-studded laughfests aren't your thing, we also have new release dates for the Dracula origin story - which was known for years as Dracula Year Zero - and the science-fiction flick Transcendence, which is the directorial debut for Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy cinematographer, Wally Pfister.
21 Jump Street 2 follows the under-achieving cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) as they go undercover, pretending to be college students now. Hill is, once again, writing the story and script with Michael Bacall; meanwhile, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return to direct, with a larger celebrity-filled cast in tow. The sequel is officially scheduled to reach U.S. theaters on June 6th, 2014, which is the same date that the Ninja Turtles reboot hits the scene; for the time being, I'm leaning towards seeing the movie that is NOT being produced by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes that weekend.
Think Like a Man Too has been bumped back from a May 30th, 2014 release date to June 20th next year, where it will be the alternative option for moviegoers not interested in checking out How to Train Your Dragon 2 during that weekend at the box office. The writing team behind Think Like a Man (read our review), Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, will script the sequel, in an effort to transform Steve Harvey's original best-seller from an one-off film adaptation into a franchise. (Good luck with that...)
Blended has been slated for a May 23rd, 2014 theatrical release date; no surprise, it will serve as counter-programming to a newly-released blockbuster, in the shape of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, that weekend. The project features Sandler and Barrymore as two divorced parents, who end up stuck together with their kids from their respective previous marriages. All I will say is: the pair showed they have good chemistry in The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates.
Last for the comedy section is Sex Tape, which opens against Disney's Maleficent on July 2nd, 2014. The comedy is headlined by Segel and Diaz, portraying a bored married couple who make a sex tape to spice up their love life (before it gets lost, anyway). It's based on a screenplay by Kate Angelo (The Back-up Plan) and being directed by Jake Kasdan, whose previous work includes Orange County, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Bad Teacher, starring Diaz. Make what you will of that information.
Dracula has been dated for theatrical release on August 8th, 2014, which is one week after Marvel plans to unleash Guardians of the Galaxy. The latest spin on Bram Stoker's classic horror tale goes back to the beginning, in order to tell how the eponymous vampire came to be. Luke Evans will be a bigger name by the time Dracula arrives, coming after Fast & Furious 6 (where Evans plays the villain) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (featuring him as Bard the Bowman) release this year; whether that'll be enough to generate interest in yet another Dracula flick, remains to be seen.
Lastly, Transcendence has moved up a week to an April 18th, 2014 release date. Pfister's original sci-fi project will star Johnny Depp as an A.I. specialist, whose consciousness is uploaded into a newly-developed supercomputer. The supporting cast includes Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Morgan Freeman (Oblivion) and Cillian Murphy (Inception); suffice it to say, this is shaping up to be one of the more intriguing films arriving next year, even in a time frame that includes original sci-fi offerings from Chris Nolan (Interstellar) and Brad Bird (Tomorrowland).
Transcendence begins in U.S. theaters on April 18th, 2014.
Blended opens in U.S. theaters on May 23rd, 2014.
21 Jump Street 2 reaches U.S. theaters on June 6th, 2014.
Think Like a Man Too starts in U.S. theaters on June 20th, 2014.
Sex Tape begins playing in U.S. theaters on July 2nd, 2014.
Dracula strikes U.S. theaters on August 8th, 2014.