Studios are already slotting and adjusting their lineups for next year, which is great if you’re one of those really busy people who need to plan things way in advance. There’s a gamut of titles on the move or just finally getting an official release window, and we’ve got the 411 – so grab your calendar and start making your plans.
Leading things off is a release date that’s actually set for this year. Beloved filmmaker Martin Scorsese reteams with Leonardo DiCaprio to tell a tale of Wall Street decadence in The Wolf of Wall Street, which is set to hit theaters just in time for award consideration on November 15. We expect the film, inspired by a true story, will garner plenty of buzz and be a box office standout as we head into the holiday season.
June 14 will see the release of Sofia Coppola’s highly anticipated The Bling Ring, which stars Emma Watson as the leader of a gang of teenage criminals ripping off the wealthy in L.A. This confirms earlier rumors that the film would have a summer debut.
August sees a lot of action, with two films now set to make their bow on the second. The first weekend of the month will see both drama The Spectacular Now (August 2) and the Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg action film 2 Guns going head-to-head for your ticket dollars.
In the middle of the month, fans will finally get to see Kick-Ass 2 (August 16), the long-awaited sequel to Kick-Ass. That’s an interesting slot – technically still summer, but outside of blockbuster season. Does that say something about the quality of the film? Only time will tell.
Moving into 2014, things start getting a lot more hectic. The divisive rebooting of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has received a minor change in its release date, moving from May 16 to June 6, 2014. That just gives angry fanboys two extra weeks to hurl prerelease vitriol at the project.
Finally, fans eagerly waiting to finish up their second sojourn to Middle-earth will have to wait about five extra months as the third installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit is being delayed. The final film in the trilogy was originally set for a July 18, 2014 release, but has now been pushed all the way back to December 17, 2014 instead. This move keeps the film from competing with X-Men: Days of Future Past and gives Jackson more time to fine tune the film in post.