News Bits: Escobar, BAFTA, Purge 3, Downsizing

Escobar: Paradise Lost
Radius is pushing back the U.S. release date of the Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson-led “Escobar: Paradise Lost” from next Friday to sometime in the second quarter.

The true story tale deals with a love story between a young Canadian surfer, and the niece of Colombia’s drug king. Radius did not give a reason for the delay. [Source: ]

2015 BAFTA Awards
This year’s nominees for the EE British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs) are in with “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” competing for best film. ‘Imitation’ and ‘Theory’ are also competing with “’71,” Paddington,” “Pride” and “Under the Skin” for Outstanding British Film. [Source: Screen]

The Purge 3
Universal Pictures has confirmed a July 1st 2016 release date for the thriller sequel “The Purge 3”. No details regarding casting or plot have been revealed beyond it being once again using the high concept of a single night a year in the U.S. when all crime is illegal. James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first two films, has signed on to pen the third. [Source: Universal Pictures]

Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Sudeikis are set to join the cast of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” which Annapurna Pictures has stepped in to finance and produce. Filming begins early 2016

The story is described as a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. [Source: Deadline]