Sony has moved its Charlie's Angels reboot back to avoid opening on the same day as Paramount's Terminator: Dark Fate. The Charlie's Angels brand kicked off with the original TV series in 1976, and revolves around a team of female super-detectives who report to their enigmatic boss, Charlie Townsend. The Terminator, meanwhile, got started in 1984 with James Cameron's sci-fi action-thriller of the same name.
The Terminator and Charlie's Angels franchises have seen their ups and downs over the years, to put it mildly. As a result, the former is going back to the drawing board with Dark Fate, which will ignore the last three Terminator movies and serve as a direct continuation of Cameron's sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Similarly, Charlie's Angels will attempt to revive the property sixteen years after the last film, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, proved to be a relative disappointment at the box office.
Unsurprisingly, Deadline is reporting that Sony has moved Charlie's Angels away from November 1, where it would've faced off with Dark Fate at the box office. The film will now arrive on November 15 instead, where it will open against movies like James Mangold's Ford vs. Ferrari memoir and Paul Feig's romantic comedy Last Christmas. That same date was recently vacated by Fox's prequel Kingsman: The Great Game, which has shifted back a few months to February 2020.
Charlie's Angels and Dark Fate are both action movies headlined by women, so it never really made sense for them to face-off with one another at the box office, anyway. This way, both films will be the only tentpoles arriving on their respective weekends, and won't have to directly compete with any movies that are targeting the same demographics. Neither Charlie's Angels nor Dark Fate are surefire box office bets either, given their brands' rather spotty track record of success. That's all the more reason for them to avoid challenging the other big titles that are scheduled to arrive this November, like Warner Bros.' Shining sequel Doctor Sleep and Disney Animation's Frozen 2.
Directed by Elizabeth Banks, the new Charlie's Angels stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Ella Balinska (The Athena), and Naomi Scott (Power Rangers), and will reportedly take place in a world where the Angels are a global network of agents, and not just three people working at a time. If a success, it sounds like the reboot could jump-start a shared universe of sequels and spinoffs featuring different Angels. Sony is attempting to do something along those lines with this June's Men in Black International, so it stands to reason that they have equally big plans for Charlie's Angels.
- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Charlie's Angels (2019) release date: Nov 15, 2019