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Actress Morgan Fairchild has two wonderful scenes playing herself in Anchor Bay’s new comedy “The Slammin’ Salmon.” Morgan called last week to chat about the film while packing from her hotel room in New York. I was curious to find out what this gorgeous lady from Dallas, Texas had to say about The Broken Lizard comedy group responsible for crazy comedy like “Supertroopers.” “Well, she exclaimed, the funny men asked if I would show up for a restaurant scene and I agreed to do the movie for two reasons. One, I think the Lizards, Jay, Steve, Paul, Eric and director Kevin Heffernan are all incredibly creative and funny, and two, I love doing improvisation. The film seemed crazy and fun, and I love doing things that ‘s unexpected of me.” Well that’s true; you took on the role of “Mrs. Robinson” and do an unexpected nude scene in the play. You truly did reveal your hour glass figure and your acting as a seductress was impeccable in that Saenger Theatre production. “That’s very kind of you, I had so much fun with the crew traveling from New Orleans to Ft. Lauderdale and doing some pretty fun partying in Vegas too. I must admit, some of the kids in the show did a little too much celebrating and missed a couple of shows. Not very professional of them, but it all worked out at the end of the tour.” So you like to ad lib? “Well yes, that’s really how I started my career. My sister was the Julliard graduate who now teaches acting in Texas, I just improvised all the way to get ahead in show business.” I see you started show business as a child model and worked yourself up to famous re-occurring roles in TV like “Dallas in 1978. “Yes I moved to California and that’s where I met the talented Robin Williams on the Paramount Lot when he was doing work there. I was going there for an audition and just stopped to watch this incredible kid work. The audition was for director Gary Marshall, the TV movie didn’t pan out, but I got to do several appearances with Robin in “Mork and Mindy. Robin is such a genius. Well back to the Lizard group, they were all off beat and just lovely on the set. “What are you up to next? “Well I am a third year board member of The Screen Actors Guild and I’m devoted to environmental issues also (Morgan does charity appearances and has a spot on her web site for Katrina help and donations). Let’s sees, oh yes I remember, I have something brewing with NBC and I have a part in Disney’s new film “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” doing an impromptu scene at a dog show, it comes out in 2010, but I don’t know what they will use from that session. I’ll soon be traveling to Italy and New Zealand for film work and I’m also working on a book proposal.” Sounds like you keep very busy and good luck with all that. Boy, I was just charmed by Morgan Fairchild; she was so sweet and sincere. Incidentally, Morgan was named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Women in the World by Harpers Bazaar in 1982. Incidentally, we also talked about levee protection, blue and white collar jobs she is creating for the economy, Media Mall and Tversity software and how she patrols the internet for illegal movie downloads- which according to her- hurts and robs actors, directors and writers monetary earnings from their work. Ah- but that’s another article and interview in the making! __________########
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VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers.
In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
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HOME AGAIN stars Reese Witherspoon ("Big Little Lies," Wild, Walk The Line, Sweet Home Alabama) as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice's unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. HOME AGAIN is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create. And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.
May 1, 2017, Atlanta, GA.- Filming has begun on STXfilms’ A Bad Moms Christmas, reuniting the dynamic team of Bad Moms, writers/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, producer Suzanne Todd, and executive producers Bill Block and Mark Kamine.
Returning as the stars of A Bad Moms Christmas are the triple threat cast of Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as Amy, Kiki and Carla. This time around, the bad moms receive a holiday visit from their own mothers, in new roles portrayed by Cheryl Hines (Kiki’s mom), with Christine Baranski (Amy’s mom) and Susan Sarandon (Carla’s mom).
Also starring are returning cast members Jay Hernandez, David Walton and Wanda Sykes, alongside newcomers Peter Gallagher and Justin Hartley, who join these two generations of moms in the chaos of the holiday season.
Director of photography Mitchell Amundsen comes aboard to collaborate with returning members of the Bad Moms behind-the-scenes creative team production designer Marcia Hinds, editor James Thomas, and costume designer Julia Caston.
A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holidays for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.
Says Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms, “Jon and Scott’s hilarious premise for A Bad Moms Christmas will not only let fans continue their laugh out loud love affair with Mila, Kristen, and Kathryn’s relatable antics, but adding Peter, Justin, Cheryl, Christine and Susan, and the holidays to the equation is more than we could have hoped for as we continue this important franchise for STX Entertainment.”
Shot entirely on location in Atlanta, Georgia, STXfilms, will theatrically release A Bad Moms Christmas domestically on November 3, 2017.
FILMING COMMENCES ON “CRAZY RICH ASIANS”
Burbank, CA – April 24, 2017 – Filming began today on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller by Kevin Kwan.
Jon M. Chu (“Now You See Me 2”) is directing the contemporary romantic comedy, which features an entirely Asian international cast. The film stars Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”); Henry Golding, making his feature film debut; Gemma Chan (“Humans”); Awkwafina (upcoming “Ocean’s 8,” “Neighbors 2”); and Michelle Yeoh (upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson (“The Hunger Games” films) and Brad Simpson (“World War Z”), and Ivanhoe’s John Penotti (“Hell or High Water”) are producing the film, with Tim Coddington, Robert Friedland and Kwan serving as executive producers.
“Crazy Rich Asians” follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.
The film’s large ensemble cast also includes Chris Pang (“Marco Polo”), Sonoya Mizuno (“La La Land”), Jing Lusi (“Stan Lee’s Lucky Man”), and comedian Ronny Chieng (“The Daily Show”), as well as a number of Singaporean actors, including Pierre Png, Fiona Xie and Tan Kheng Hua.
The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Vanja Cernjul (“Marco Polo”), production designer Nelson Coates (“Fifty Shades Darker”), costume designer Mary Vogt (“Kong: Skull Island”) and editor Myron Kerstein (“Going in Style”).
“Crazy Rich Asians” is being filmed entirely on location in Singapore and Malaysia.
The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.
What if your life depended on a stranger?
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba. Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. They embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness discovering strength they never knew possible.
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US hits theaters everywhere October 20, 2017!
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US
Release: October 20, 2017
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Screenplay by: Chris Weitz and J. Mills Goodloe
Based upon the Book by: Charles Martin
Produced by: Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping
Cast: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney
Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba.
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An Urgent Message from LFEA President Robert Vosbein:
SB 254 by Sen. JP Morrell is scheduled for a final vote in the House of Representatives this Thursday, June 1. That means we are less than 72 hours from a final vote that will dictate the survival of our industry. Your voice and support is needed NOW.
Collectively, all of us have felt the impact from the legislative changes enacted in 2015. SB 254 seeks to make our industry more stable and more predictable for crew, indigenous filmmakers, small businesses and for those that know the power of the ripple effect of spending when productions are taking place.
LFEA and our board members have worked tirelessly side by side with LED, IATSE Local 478, SAG/AFTRA and many others to get to this final vote on Thursday. We believe that passage of this legislation is our best shot to keep as many people working for the foreseeable future. That being said, words cannot express how critical it is for legislators to hear from you, especially with 72 hours left until this crucial vote.
You can use our VOTERVOICE link to email your House Representative directly. Please include your personal story of how film has impacted your life, both professionally and financially. Please have any small businesses and vendors you know also reach out to their representatives.
We have been and will continue to fight for film and hope you will make your voices heard once again at this critical juncture. You hold the key to successful final passage of SB 254!
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER is in theatres July 28
Directed by: Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk
Produced by: Richard Berge & Diane Weyermann
A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.
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3 GENERATIONS tells the stirring and touching story of three generations of a family living under one roof in New York as they deal with the life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray (Elle Fanning) is a teenager who has struggled with the body assigned to him at birth and is determined to start transitioning. His single mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), must track down Ray's biological father (Tate Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray's transition. Dolly (Susan Sarandon), Ray's lesbian grandmother is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.
TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT” DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY CREATES SPECIAL VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE FOR FANS WITH ILMxLAB TEAM
Renowned director makes first foray into virtual reality platform, offering battling robot game free to fans through IMAX partnership at select AMC Theatres® locations in NYC and Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 29, 2017) – Fans of the Transformers movie franchise will finally know what it’s like to battle a Decepticon up close and personal, as film director Michael Bay takes VR to the next level with “Transformers: The Last Knight” VR Experience, Friday, June 30 for a limited time, free of charge, only in the IMAX VR centres at AMC Kips Bay 15 in New York City and across from The Grove in Los Angeles and in select AMC Theatres lobbies.
“I wanted to do something special for fans, to let them feel what it’s like to be in the middle of intense Transformers action,” commented Mr. Bay. “ILMxLAB was a great partner in delivering this experience, and pushing the envelope of what VR can do.”
The five-minute virtual reality game was produced by Mr. Bay in collaboration with the team from San Francisco-based ILMxLAB, in cooperation with Paramount Pictures, and provides the HTC Headset single-player experience of actually joining the hero Autobots and facing off against the Decepticons in a fast-paced shooter game. The result is a VR showdown putting fans right into the intense action of the Transformers movie franchise.
“We are thrilled to deliver ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ VR Experience to AMC guests in New York and Southern California,” said Elizabeth Frank, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Programming & Chief Content Officer, AMC Theatres. “The VR experience produced by Michael Bay is a wonderful way for our guests to immerse themselves in the Transformers world, and it is a perfect complement to our IMAX VR at AMC Kips Bay 15 VR Centre.”
“Transformers: The Last Knight” VR Experience will be available beginning Friday, June 30, free of charge, ONLY at the IMAX VR Centre across from The Grove in Los Angeles and at the IMAX VR Centre at AMC Kips Bay 15 in New York City, as well as AMC Theatres locations in New York City at the AMC 34th Street and AMC Lincoln Square 13 and at the AMC Orange 30 in Southern California. This is a limited run, only available in these theaters and these two existing IMAX VR centres.
“We’ve been longtime partners with Paramount and Michael Bay on the Transformers franchise, and look forward to delivering this exciting new experience in IMAX VR,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp.
The “Transformers: The Last Knight” VR Experience is a single-player, fast-paced VR shooter game that teams you with Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Hound to recover a powerful weapon from the Decepticons. The player must work to protect and securely transport the weapon in order to prevent the destruction of a nearby metropolis. The experience opens with you in immediate peril, pressured by Decepticons attempting to steal back the weapon. Battling and racing through the countryside and then the outskirts of town, you are ultimately pinned down for a final climactic showdown.
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boasting state-of-the-art special effects, The Last Knight is what you'd expect from the fifth installment of the Transformers franchise.~~~~~~~~
GAME OF THRONES: THE MUSICAL - A SONG OF NICE SATIREIS COMING TO SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2017!
San Diego, CA - Audiences flocked to see the now highly acclaimed Game of Thrones: The Musical - A Song of Nice Satire at the historic Macha Theatre in West(eros) Hollywood when it debuted in February 2017.
“Crowds went ‘Stark’ raving mad at our hilarious interpretation of George R.R. Martin’s iconic fantasy epic...” says Steven Brandon, the show’s producer. “The response was overwhelming, and we look forward to letting our dragons fly and taking the show to the magical kingdom of San Diego.”
As the fandom for HBO’s tentpole drama has grown to a fever pitch, fans at Comic-Con will have an opportunity to relive the most iconic moments from their favorite show - this time as an absurd, laugh out loud musical comedy.
From the creators of Lost: The Musical and the critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time: The Rock Opera, Game of Thrones: The Musical! features 12 original songs which will have audiences on their feet with toes tapping and hands clapping... provided they still have both of their hands.
Game of Thrones: The Musical - A Song of Nice Satire
July 20 - 23rd at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center 930 Tenth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
SHOWS: Thu-Sat at 6PM & 9PM. Live pre-show entertainment 5pm-9pm Bonus shows Friday at midnight and Sunday matinee at 1pm.
Tickets will available for purchase/pick up at the theatre on the convention floor at the Golden Apple Comics Booth #1806 and at www.GOTTheMusical.com
Game of Thrones: The Musical! is also a proud supporter of The Wayne Foundation, a charity committed to spreading awareness of CSEC (Commercial Sex Exploitation of Children) and DMST (Domestic Minor Sexual Trafficking) occurring within the United States. 5% of all ticket sales will be donated to support this amazing charity.
$12.5 million Starlight movie studio opens in New Orleans East~~~~
By Doug MacCash
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The new Starlight Studios, a $12.5 million motion picture studio, opened near NASA's Michoud facility in New Orleans East on June 19 (Monday). With a cavernous 45-foot tall, 32,000-square foot sound stage, plus a second 13,000- square-foot sound stage next door, the facility is the biggest in New Orleans, said Starlight Studios President Billy Burk.
As he surveyed the interior of the four-story black box interior of sound stage 1, Burk said that unlike competing New Orleans studios, Starlight is not a converted warehouse or other pre-used structure. It was built from the ground up to accommodate movie and television production, with no supporting columns or other obstructions inside the gigantic spaces. Burk proudly pointed out that the spare hanger-like Starlight buildings also have sound insulation, air conditioning, and electrical supply tailor-made for cinema or television.
Burk, a real estate developer, said that the studio complex will provide 200 jobs in the New Orleans area. Considering the income creation, the New Orleans Industrial Development Board, a city agency, rewarded Burk and the other private investors in the Starlight project with a property tax benefit in 2013.
The studio, which Burk said was first conceived in 2012, has dodged two potential disasters. In 2015 a tightening of the tax incentive program that attracts movie makers to Louisiana, sent producers looking for greener pastures elsewhere.
"The legislation in 2015 provided some uncertainty in the industry that certainly affected us," Burke said.
But just this month, the state stabilized the tax incentive program, which may lead to a revival of so-called Hollywood south.
Film tax credit program to continue, with a cap
The deal will continue a $180 million limit on the amount that taxpayers will spend each year on the tax credits doled out to film and TV productions.
"We are very pleased to have the stability, and the assurance, and the certainty that we need as an industry to move forward in the state of Louisiana," Burk said.
A more violent threat to the studios came on Feb. 7 when a tornado touched down within sight of Starlight Studios, but luckily left the facility intact.
$12.5 million Starlight movie studio opens in New Orleans East (Photo by Doug MacCash / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) (Doug MacCash)
The Starlight campus includes 14,000 in office space. If all goes as planned, the scope of the Starlight Studios facility will double over the next two years or so. Burk plans to invest another $12.5 million in the project.
Taking a cue from the 1989 film "Field of Dreams," the question is, of course, if Burk builds it; will they come? According to Starlight Studio chief operating officer Kevin Murphy, the huge sound stage 1 has already has "a tenant that has leased us through the end of the year."
Murphy said it's not a question of "if they will come"; he said "they've already arrived."
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$12.5 million Starlight movie studio opens in New Orleans East
THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS
OPENS IN NEW YORK ON JULY 21st and
LOS ANGELES ON AUGUST 4th
A film by Sébastien Laudenbach
Based on a story by The Brothers Grimm
THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS premiered in the ACID section at Cannes, was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the César Awards, and won both the Jury Prize and the award for Best French Film at the Annecy Animation Festival in 2016 and was awarded the ANDRÉ-MARTIN AWARD FOR BEST FRENCH FEATURE FILM special prize at the ANNECY 2017 INTL. ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL on June 16, 2017
THE ONLY BOY LIVING IN NEW YORK
Trailer Now Available on EPK.TV
Directed by Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Gifted")
Starring Callum Turner, Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Kiersey Clemons, Cynthia Nixon
Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate seeks the guidance of an eccentric neighbor as his life is upended by his father's mistress.
Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions will release
THE ONLY BOY LIVING IN NEW YORK in theaters August 11, 2017
(Clockwise)Callum Turner and Jeff Bridges in THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK. Pierce Brosnan and Kate Beckinsale in THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK. Kiersey Clemons and Callum Turner in THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK. Cynthia Nixon and Pierce Brosnan in THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK. Photo credit: Niko Tavernise. Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions
WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ AND LEGENDARY PICTURES’ MONSTERVERSE KICKS INTO GEAR AS THE NEXT GODZILLA FEATURE GETS UNDERWAY
Director Michael Dougherty helms the film in which stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe and Zhang Ziyi take on the King of the Monsters…
BURBANK, CA, June 19, 2017 – Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.
The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.
Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include “War Dogs” and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editor Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Godzilla,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and part of the Oscar-winning team behind “Life of Pi ”).
Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.