This year, director Guy Ritchie filmed a new King Arthur movie for Warner Bros. Pictures. Originally set for a July 22nd, 2016 release, the film stars Charlie Hunnam as the titular character. The supporting cast includes Jude Law, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou and more. Now, however, the film has been pushed back into 2017. What is its new release date? Find out after the jump.
Warner Bros. has announced (via Deadline) that the untitled King Arthur movie will now hit theaters on February 17th, 2017, Presidents Day Weekend. Other films scheduled on this date are Bad Boys 3 and Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
The studio says this move is part of a plan to target the child audience while they are on winter break. Also, WB acknowledged the success of Kingsman: The Secret Service in the February slot, so it hopes that King Arthur will have similar success. The fact that Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films have done well at the box office during winter months certainly doesn’t hurt.
July 2016 is a packed month, with tentpoles such as The Legend of Tarzan, Star Trek Beyond and Bourne 5 set to debut then. So, it’s not a bad idea for King Arthur to move into a less crowded time slot; less competition can help it be a bigger hit.
Also, Warner Bros. already has a full summer, with films such as Tarzan, Central Intelligence and Suicide Squad slated – another reason why the King Arthur move wouldn’t hurt. As for the July 22nd date, WB will release the James Wan-produced Lights Out instead.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it.