Warner Bros. announced the release dates for three of his upcoming films: George Miller’s prequel “Mad Max: Fury Road”, entitled “Furiosa”; a musical adaptation of “The Color Purple”; and the family film “Coyote vs. Acme”. All three films will open in theaters in 2023.
“Furiosa”, starring Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role, was scheduled for June 23. The live-action / animation hybrid “Coyote vs. Acme ”opens on July 21 and“ The Color Purple ”will be released close to the holidays on December 20.
In early December, Warner Bros. shared plans to debut its entire 2021 list – including “The Matrix 4”, “Dune” and “The Suicide Squad” – simultaneously on the company’s streaming service HBO Max and in theaters. The studio called the launch strategy unprecedented, which drew criticism from all corners of Hollywood, a “unique one-year” model in response to the pandemic. Wednesday’s announcement suggests that Warner Bros. intends to continue its commitment to theatrical releases.
Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will join Taylor-Joy in “Furiosa”, which takes place before the 2015 science fiction epic “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Miller, the filmmaker behind 1979’s “Mad Max” and its three sequels, is returning to direct, write and produce “Furiosa”, along with longtime production partner Doug Mitchell.
Dave Green is directing “Coyote vs. Acme ”, centered on the age-old rivalry between Wile E. Coyote and her favorite direct mail provider. “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is co-writing the script, based on Ian Frazier’s fictional article in the New Yorker magazine of the same name. Chris DeFaria and Gunn will produce, the latter under their company Two Monkeys, A Goat and Another, Dead, Monkey.
“The Color Purple” is being adapted from Tony’s winning musical and the 1985 film. Blitz Bazawule is directing the next version, which will be produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. The film, which has not yet been cast, tells the story of Celie, a black woman who lived in the South in the early 20th century and who learned her value with the help of two friends.
Spielberg directed the original film adaptation of “The Color Purple” in the 1980s, starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg and Winfrey. The coming-of-age story, adapted from the 1982 Alice Walker novel, was transformed into a Broadway musical in 2005.