While a fair share of moviegoers are more concerned with films that are on the immediate horizon, film studios are more often than not equally concerned with the future projects they have in store. Long before the public learns about scripts, movie ideas, or casting, studios are secretly developing multiple projects for all sorts of different outcomes. This can be seen with studios announcing sequel titles and dates well before the upcoming film is released, which has become a common practice nowadays.
Not only is the brand and name recognition important in determining the success of a film, but the release date can also be an indicator on quality and the faith studios have in the project. Some of the biggest movies receive release dates well in advance just as a place holder for the studio to try and scare off competing films from being released at the same time. Warner Bros. is one of the largest studios in Hollywood and they have recently staked their claim in two more release dates for potentially big films.
Exhibitor Relations has revealed that Warner Bros. has secured two new release dates for untitled WB event films. The new release dates are September 27th, 2019 and February 2nd, 2020. These event film dates have previously indicated potential franchise installments such as a new DCEU movie and more, but as of this time what exactly is intended for these specific dates remains to be seen. Exhibitor Relations also noted that a previous event film release date was recently given to Ocean’s 8.
When it comes to predicting what exactly could be coming in either of these dates, the quickest assumption is another film in the DCEU slate. This seems unlikely at this point unless Warner Bros. is planning on moving to four films a year starting in 2019, a move that not even Marvel Studios has done yet or even plans to do in the near future. Untitled DC film dates have already been placed in June and November 2019 and April 2020, so these dates being used for DC films would leave a very small time frame between installments in the DCEU.
Looking at the rest of Warner Bros. upcoming films, another installment in their monster universe could be possible, but again, these dates come incredibly close to Godzilla 2 and Godzilla vs. Kong. Meanwhile, they have already announced a sequel for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will come out in 2018, which could rule out another film in either of these dates as well.
As far as speculation goes, finally releasing Creed 2 on the 2019 date would make a lot of sense. It will have been four years since Creed, and the entire cast and crew will have finished up on their immediate commitments to Marvel in time to start production in time. Meanwhile, Warner Bros has loved putting installments of their LEGO Movie universe in the early part of the year, and assuming The LEGO Batman Movie is a hit early next year, a sequel/spinoff would make sense to hit here, only a year after The LEGO Movie 2.
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