Paramount sets release date for Elton John biopic, Rocketman
Your regularly scheduled game of Release Date Shuffle continues, after WB moved some films around and Fox 2000 set a date for The Hate U Give, and now it’s Paramount’s turn. The studio has announced that they’ve set, shifted, and outright removed some films from their upcoming release schedule.
Up first is their in-development biopic of Elton John. Titled Rocketman and set to star Taron Egerton, who co-starred with the musician in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the film will be released on May 17, 2019. Rocketman will open against John Wick: Chapter 3, A Dog’s Journey, and The Sun is Also a Star on that date. Dexter Fletcher will be directing the film from a script by Lee Hall. Matthew Vaughn and his Marv Films will be producing alongside Elton John with his Rocket Pictures partner David Furnish. Production is set to start this summer.
Next up is the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, which is actually moving ahead by two weeks from April 19, 2019 to April 5, 2019. Directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes), the film is written by Jeff Buhler and is set to star John Lithgow in the role of Jud Crandall, previously played by the late Fred Gwynne in the 1989 adaptation of the book.
Furthermore, Paramount has announced that the previously announced, albeit untitled, Transformers 6 has been removed from their schedule entirely. The film was rumored to be scrapped after the series was said to be taking a different turn with the upcoming Bumblebee solo movie.
Finally, in the wake of Transformers 6’s cancellation, Paramount has slotted the Tiffany Hadish vehicle Limited Partners in the original release date for the robots in disguise. The comedy will debut June 28, 2019.
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