Date Changes For “Night,” “Zookeeper”

On the weekend came word that Ben Affleck’s Dennis Lehane’s period crime epic “Live By Night” was being moved up by a whopping nine months – from October 2017 to January 2017. This has already led to rumors of an awards-season qualifying run with the film adopting a limited late December release this year followed by a wide opening in January (ala “American Sniper”).

What the film gods giveth, they also taketh away. Word comes today that Niki Caro’s WW2 film “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl, has been cut from awards qualification this year as its distributor Focus Features has set a March 31st 2017 release.

There’s been some other key release date changes as well this week with the Owen Wilson and Ed Helms comedy “Bastards” being delayed from October to January 27th next year, while “How To Train Your Dragon 3” has been moved up a bit and will now open May 18th 2018.

Source: The Playlist