Today Walt Disney Pictures announced new premiere dates for several of their important future releases, including two from their blockbuster CGI animation division Pixar.
The fishy sequel Finding Dory was originally supposed to open on November 25, 2015. It has been pushed back to June 17, 2016. Dory’s old release slot has instead been given to the studio’s next original feature The Good Dinosaur, which has been delayed a year-and-a-half from its original May 30, 2014 date. Stepping into that opening slot will be Maleficent, an alternate take on the story of Sleeping Beauty told from the perspective of the story’s villain, played by Angelina Jolie. The movie will be released in 3D.
The Good Dinosaur‘s release delay is likely due to the recent departure of director Bob Peterson. Taking up his duties will be the Pixar brain trust of John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and Peterson’s former co-director on the project Pete Sohn. The delay of The Good Dinosaur will make 2014 the first year without a new Pixar movie since 2005.
Additionally, the inspirational sports drama McFarland starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello will open on November 21, 2014, while the critically-acclaimed Dreamworks feature The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch will be given a wide theatrical release on October 18, 2013 as opposed to the originally-planned limited engagement strategy.
[Source: Coming Soon]