As 2015 draws to a close, moviegoing audiences are likely looking ahead to next year in order to plan out their trips to the theater. While 2016 is mostly locked down at this point, there’s still room to shift release date schedules in 2017, and that’s just what Lionsgate and Universal have done with some of their highly anticipated films.
Here’s a quick look at the shifting release dates. Adjust your calendars accordingly:
- The Divergent Series: Ascendant – March 24, 2017 to June 9, 2017
- Power Rangers – January 13, 2017 to March 24, 2017
- The Girl on the Train – October 7, 2016
- Monster High – Previously scheduled for October 7, 2016, the film is now undated.
News of the shift for The Divergent Series: Ascendant and Power Rangers comes courtesy of Variety, who notes that this is the second time the latter film has been delayed. At least Power Rangers still has a release date, which is more than can be said for the Mattel franchise adaptation Monster High.
Before the final chapter of the Divergent series opens in 2017, The Divergent Series: Allegiant will debut in theaters on March 18, 2016. That film will see Shailene Woodley’s Tris go beyond the wall in search of a peaceful resolution to their city’s seemingly insurmountable problems.
In an action film of a different sort, Power Rangers looks to continue the long-running success of the Mighty Morphin’ franchise. Helmed by Dean Israelite, Power Rangers stars Naomi Scott stars as the Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, RJ Cyler as the Blue Ranger, and Becky Gomez in the role of the Yellow Ranger
Here’s the official synopsis for The Girl on the Train:
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Edgar Ramirez and Allison Janney star in DreamWorks Pictures’ THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods). In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor. The film’s executive producers are Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas, and it will be released by Universal Pictures.
And the official synopsis for Monster High:
Surviving high school’s tough enough when your parents aren’t the most legendary monsters in history. Finding your real identity while figuring out what to do with your secret one is just part of what the teenagers who attend super-secret academy MONSTER HIGH go through every day—and night. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (TV’s Gossip Girl and The O.C., Endless Love) wrote the screenplay based on the hugely successful Mattel franchise. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray, Chicago) will produce under their Storyline Entertainment banner, and Schwartz and Savage will produce for Fake Empire.