“Shazam,” “Pirates,” “Woman” Release Updates

A couple of key release date updates today, starting with filmmaker David F. Sandberg confirming that the “Shazam” movie, based on the DC Comics title, is indeed targeting an April 2019 release date as previously rumored.

Echo Bridge has acquired U.S. rights to director Bryan Buckley’s “The Pirates of Somalia” which premiered this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival. Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi, Melanie Griffith and Al Pacino star in the film which examines what led up to the hostage saga depicted in “Captain Phillips”. The film will be released in markets nationwide day-and-date on December 8th.

Next up, A24 and DIRECTV have acquired U.S. rights to the Susanna White-directed, Jessica Chastain-led western drama “Woman Walks Ahead” following its premiere at Toronto. Stephen Knight penned the script.

Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds, and Bill Camp co-star in the story of a widowed artist from New York in the 1880s, who travelled to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. A24 and DIRECTV are planning a 2018 release, in which A24 will give the film a national theatrical roll out in all major markets.

Then there’s the Jason Clarke-led “Chappaquiddick” film which was originally slated for next month, and will now open April 6th next year. John Curran helms the film which deals with the infamous incident which saw U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy’s negligence resulting in the death of his 28-year-old companion Mary Jo Kopechne.