The tinkering over at Warner Bros. Discovery continues. We have learned via Deadline that there is a change in release dates for various films for next year. First, there is James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. It will move from March 17, 2023, to December 25, 2023. Apparently, the film needs more time in postproduction. The December date treated the first Aquaman film back in 2018 as it made $335.1 million domestically and worldwide it was able to cross the $1 billion mark.
Moving into Aquaman‘s sequel old spot is David F. Sandberg’s Shazam: Fury of the Gods. This was originally set to be released on December 21 of this year, around the same time as Avatar: The Way of Water. The Shazam sequel will benefit from this move as it will now have access to Imax screens on its new release date. Something that was not possible with the Avatar sequel hogging them up.
Two films that were originally scheduled as HBO Max films, will now be moving to the big screen. The reboot of New Line’s House Party will open on December 9 of this year. Also, Evil Dead Rise will open on April 21, 2023.
Warner Bros. will also be bringing another film from The Conjuring franchise post-Labor Day. Michael Chaves’ The Nun 2 will be released on September 8, 2023. The first film opened at $53.8 million in 2018, the best domestic debut for a film from The Conjuring franchise. Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot will move from its original April 21, 23, 2023 date to a later date to be determined as the film is still in postproduction.
The last thing to mention is that they have an open slot for an untitled event film dated for February 10, 2023.
While it’s a bummer that the SHAZAM! and Aquaman sequels are getting pushed back, the bright side is that they are bringing some previously streaming exclusive films to the big screen. This is something I will always advocate for. We’ll see if this sticks or if there are more changes on the horizon.