Lionsgate has revealed another date change to the upcoming Robin Hood, while also giving a date to the upcoming Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick film, A Simple Favor. This is the second date change to Robin Hood.
Robin Hood is one of a slew of recently picked-up projects about the bow-happy bandit hero of Sherwood Forest. This particular version is being described as a darker and edgier take on the story of Robin of Locksley and his merry men, and touts Leonardo DiCaprio as executive producer. A Simple Favor is a “stylish thriller with dark comedic elements.” It is being directed by Paul Feig.
Deadline has learned that Lionsgate has moved Robin Hood back to November 21. Previously, it was scheduled for release on September 21. A Simple Favor is now slotted for a September 14 release. Robin Hood will be going up against other Thanksgiving movies such as the second Wreck-it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, Creed 2, and Robert Zemeckis’s The Women of Marwen. It will also face up against Second Act, done by veteran comedy director Peter Segal and starring Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, and more.
As for A Simple Favor, the film will go up against prehistoric period piece Alpha, Shane Black’s The Predator, and the Dwayne Johnson vehicle Fighting With My Family. It will look to continue the tradition of Feig’s female-led movies doing strong business at the box office, as his earlier works collectively grossed $1 billion worldwide. Written by Jessica Sharzer, it follows Kendrick as a mommy vlogger who investigates a mysterious disappearance. A Simple Favor does face some high-profile competition for ticket sales, but it will likely be vying for its own target demographic (which is probably different from Predator and the rest).
Ordinarily multiple date changes register as a vote of no-confidence by the studio. But pushing Robin Hood into the scrum for Thanksgiving weekend bucks along with the other heavy hitters is a very positive indication for the film’s prospects. With multiple Robin Hood projects in the pipeline including a Pirates of the Caribbean-esque Disney version, and 2010’s underperforming Ridley Scott / Russell Crowe Robin Hood still in view, the Egerton-starring movie has quite an uphill battle ahead of it, but it’ll hopefully turn out just fine.
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