20th Century Fox has announced 2017 release dates for two of its noteworthy upcoming projects. The films in question are the as-yet-untitled Amy Schumer Mother/Daughter comedy and Kingsman 2, the followup to the hit Mark Millar spy comic book adaptation.
Following the critical acclaim she garnered in Trainwreck, Amy Schumer is set to star in said comedy penned by Katie Dippold (The Heat) - the latter having written the script based on her relationship with her own mother. Recent reports state that Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) will direct the movie - which, as we pointed out the other day, is a great move considering his talent for finding the balance in dealing with the more tender and emotional aspects of a film, while still bringing out all the comedy potential (see also his work on 50/50).
Paul Feig (director of the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot that Dippold co-wrote) will produce Schumer's new film. The movie is reported to star Schumer as a daughter who finds herself kidnapped along with her mother, while on vacation. As yet, there is no word on who might play Schumer’s mother - though reportedly big-name stars (like Meryl Streep and Sally Field) are being eyed to handle the role.
20th Century Fox (as reported by Box Office Mojo) has settled on a May 12th, 2017 release date for the upcoming Schumer vehicle. Thus far, the movie has that day to itself - as far as films opening in theaters go - and is slated to arrive one week after Marvel Studios unveils the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Meanwhile, Kingsman 2 will arrive June 16th, 2017 and serve as the sequel to the very successful 2015 action/comedy, Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) will return to direct the sequel - and according to the original Kingsman comic book creator, Mark Millar, both Vaughn and his writing partner, Jane Goldman, are hard at work on the script for this second installment.
Filming on Kingsman 2 is expected to begin in Spring 2016 - and in a potential plot twist, Vaughn and Goldman are said to be working on a way to bring Colin Firth’s character, Harry Hart, back for the sequel, despite the fact that he was killed off in the first Kingsman movie. Millar has previously stated that he felt the movie worked so well because of Firth’s performance and the relationship between his character and Egerton’s “Eggsy.”
However, although Millar adds that Vaughn and Goldman have a good plan for his return, Firth is by no means confirmed for the sequel. It remains to be seen whether the script can be viable with Hart somehow returning from the dead - and of course, whether Firth himself actually decides to board the sequel. As for the film's opening weekend competition: Kingsman 2 will face Pixar's Cars 3 in theaters.
The Amy Schumer Mother/Daughter movie will arrive in U.S. theaters on May 12th, 2017. Kingsman 2 will follow on June 16th, 2017.
Source: Box Office Mojo