The Ben Falcone-directed Melissa McCarthy-led comedy “Superintelligence” has dropped out of its planned December 20th theatrical release date and will instead become one of the first Warner Bros Pictures features to premiere on the Spring 2020 launching streaming service HBO Max.
In the film, McCarthy plays a woman who doesn’t realize is she has been selected for observation by the world’s first superintelligence, a form of artificial intelligence that is contemplating taking over the world. Steve Mallory wrote the script and James Corden voices the A.I. while Bobby Cannavale is playing her husband.
The shift is the first in what will likely be a small exodus of projects from planned theatrical runs around the holiday or currently slated for 2020 or 2021 and will instead opt for a direct-to-streaming launch on one of the several streaming services coming in the next few months.
The film joins a line-up that includes the Steven Soderbergh-directed Meryl Streep-starrer “Let Them All Talk,” the Greg Berlanti-produced young adult novel adaptation “Unpregnant,” and eventually the Hugh Jackman-led Toronto fest hit “Bad Education” which is expected to initially bow on HBO itself.
McCarthy and Falcone say the decision to move out of theaters and onto HBO Max was theirs and wasn’t imposed on them by WarnerMedia. The pair are next planning to shoot the Netflix film “Thunder Force” together.
More details are expected to be revealed at WarnerMedia’s HBO Max presentation on October 29th where a full launch slate and potential release date for the service are tipped to be announced.