Sony Pictures announced a series of slate changes Thursday, with sequels for “Goosebumps” and “Bad Boys” among the moves.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will return to play Mike and Marcus in “Bad Boys For Life,” the third installment in the buddy cop series which is now schedule to be released on Nov. 9, 2018. A fourth “Bad Boys” film has been removed from the slate, having been scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in 2019.
The “Bad Boys” move opens up a slot on MLK weekend next year, and it’s being filled with “White Boy Rick,” a film starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason Leigh about Richard Wershe, Jr., a teenage Detroit drug dealer who became a FBI informant.
“Goosebumps 2” is getting moved back from Jan. 26, 2018 to Sept. 21, 2018, with Sony hoping that it becomes a success among families during back-to-school season. The studio has enjoyed success with family films in that slot, having released both “Hotel Transylvania” films in September. The January slot will be filled by “Proud Mary,” a thriller from Screen Gems which stars Taraji P. Henson as a hired assassin.
Sony has also made an addition to their list: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s “Holmes and Watson,” which sees the “Talladega Nights” duo reunite to put a comedic spin on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. That will come out Aug. 3, 2018.