When Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Reboot Will Be Released

Denis Villeneuve first Dune movie has its first (and hopefully final) release date: November 20, 2020.

The Oscar-nominated Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director is putting together the ultimate star-studded cast for his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. Denis Villeneuve has plans for more than one movie, but the first one has to do well — at least better than the 1984 movie, which only made about $31 million off a $40 million budget.

Dune will also open in IMAX and 3D on November 20, The Hollywood Reporter shared. It has every chance of being a visual masterpiece, considering the director and the material.

Dune is expected to start filming this spring, including locations in Jordan and Budapest. So far, the growing cast is reported to include Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides; Rebecca Ferguson as Jessica Atreides; Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto; Zendaya as Chani; Javier Bardem as Stilgar; Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck; Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban; Stellan Skarsgård as Vladimir Harkonnen; Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam; and Jason Momoa recently in talks to play Duncan Idaho.

Last year, Denis Villeneuve had said Dune would probably take two years to make, and his goal was to make two films, “maybe more.”

Early last year, at the Cannes Film Festival, Denis Villeneuve gave an update on his plans for multiple movies:

(Is Star Wars not already for adults? Never mind.)

Dune is just the latest movie to get a release date this week, closely following the rescheduled dates for Bond 25 and Fast and Furious 9.

At the moment, Dune may have November 20, 2020 to itself. Fantastic Beasts 3 was going to open that date, and so far Warner Bros. has yet to officially say anything, but with production moving back several months due to the movie being twice the size of the first two films, I’m thinking there’s no way Fantastic Beasts 3 opens in 2020. Pencil it in for 2021.

Fantastic Beasts Reveals Key Grindelwald And Dumbledore History In Deleted Scene

Moviegoers may have to wait longer than expected for Fantastic Beasts 3, but those who are hungry for Harry Potter content are in luck. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is available digitally and it’s packed with 14 minutes of deleted scenes. One of these scenes includes an extended conversation between Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) in which the latter dishes on some important history between himself and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

As Harry Potter fans are well aware, Dumbledore and Grindelwald have quite a bit of history. The two of them were close friends as young men who both shared the desire to become unbeatable wizards. Things eventually went sour between the two because Grindelwald is a lunatic and Dumbledore mostly isn’t. Their falling out led to a three-way duel between the two men and Dumbledore’s brother, which sadly ended in the death of Dumbledore’s sister.

The full details of their relationship and what went wrong have never been fully disclosed, but it won’t likely stay that way for long as Fantastic Beasts gets closer to its conclusion. Case in point, a deleted scene from The Crimes of Grindelwald finds Dumbledore opening up a bit about about his history with Grindelwald and providing some exposition.

Unfortunately, we can’t show off a clip, but Hypable has a description of the scene in question. The deleted scene is from early in the film during Newt and Dumbledore’s first conversation in London. Dumbledore is explaining why he sent Newt to New York City during the first movie and it was all about Credence (Ezra Miller). As it turns out, Dumbledore knew that Grindelwald would still be looking for Credence because the dark wizard had a vision that an Obscurial would kill the man he fears most.

Dumbledore had hoped that Newt would be able to save Credence, thus preventing Grindelwald’s vision. In classic Dumbledore fashion, he didn’t explain any of this to Newt beforehand, but better late than never, I guess.

The conflict between Dumbledore and Grindelwald will likely take center stage sooner rather than later. The two of them them have a war-ending duel coming up and the films are likely building to that moment. Hopefully by that point, the history between the two men will finally be revealed in full.

Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 20, 2020 (but that will probably be moved since production was pushed back on the “gigantic” film). Until then, stay up to date on all the movies heading to theaters this year with our 2019 movie guide.

Bond 25 Just Lost Its Romantic Release Date, Probably To Avoid Disney And DCEU

Bond 25 has been moved once again. This time it was pushed from February 14, 2020 to April 8, 2020.

So, if you were planning to take your Special Someone to see the next James Bond movie next Valentine’s Day, it’s back to flowers and candy for you. Or it’s back to the Disney film that’s supposed to be opening that day. Or it’s back for another viewing of the DCEU’s Birds of Prey.

This is just the latest date change for what is expected to be Daniel Craig’s final movie as James Bond. Production was supposed to start in December 2018 with a release date of November 8, 2019 in the U.S. But some twists entered the story through director Danny Boyle quitting from creative differences. Cary Joji Fukunaga was hired as the new director, with production rescheduled to start on March 4, 2019 for a release date of Valentine’s Day 2020. But that was just recently changed to April 8, 2020.

April 8, 2020 is actually a Wednesday, the Wednesday before Easter weekend. So that gives Bond 25 — or whatever it will eventually be a titled — a headstart for a long opening weekend at the box office. In semi-related news, Fast and Furious 9 recently vacated its April 10, 2020 opening, moving to Memorial Day 2020.

Right now, there doesn’t seem to be much competition for Bond 25 on April 8. That should change, but it was probably smart to leave February 2020.

Right now, Warner Bros. has Harley Quinn’s Birds of Prey opening February 7, 2020, a week before Bond’s previous release date. There’s also an Untitled Disney Live Action movie opening February 14, 2020. You might think Disney and Bond don’t have much overlap, and you might be right, but better to find some fresh air away from the current releases.

All of this could change in the next year, maybe even next week. Keeping up with movie release date changes is a full-time job, and it wouldn’t be shocking if studios lost track of their own releases themselves. In this day and age, just getting a theatrical release date vs. going straight to Netflix or VOD is a win.

Bond 25 will definitely be coming to theaters, and it sounds like it’ll still be in 2020. This film will follow Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015). From what little we know of Bond 25, it sounds like director Cary Fukunaga plans to continue the Bond character arc that started with Casino Royale.

It’s not clear yet which past characters will return, but apparently Cary Fukunaga plans to bring back Lea Seydoux’s Dr. Madeline Swann, Ralph Fiennes’s M, Ben Whishaw’s Q, and Naomie Harris’ Moneypenny, among others. With filming set to start in March, we should get some confirmed answers very soon.

So Bond 25 is currently opening April 8, 2020, but let’s see what happens from here. For now, bookmark our 2019 movie release date schedule to keep up with everything coming out this year.

Watch A Crazy Excited Jason Momoa Tease Big Things For Aquaman’s Future

Let no one say Jason Momoa takes this life for granted. My man is screaming-down-the-hallways pumped for what’s next for DC’s Aquaman. Just watch and listen to him shout “I love you, Warner Bros.!” as he races down the studio hallway. Studio hallways are usually boring as hell, but on this day they were filled with joy and laughter. Just enjoy:

Yes, “gleefully screaming” is a perfect description for how Jason Momoa exited that DC office. Jason Momoa has us pumped for what’s next for Aquaman in the Warner Bros./DC Extended Universe. His happiness is infectious.

What the hell was he talking/screaming about? It’s probably connected to Aquaman 2 in some way. It was just a few days ago that the news spread that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick was hired to write the screenplay for the sequel. Maybe Jason Momoa was coming out of a pitch meeting, bursting with spoilers on the plot of Aquaman 2? All we can do is guess. Because, as he noted, we have no idea what’s coming.

It’s early days for Aquaman 2, and it’s not clear yet if director James Wan will return. Hopefully he’s holding out for all the money after the success of the Aquaman.

Aquaman isn’t even done making money. It’s still playing in some theaters after its December 2018 release. So far, the DC Extended Universe movie has made $1,121,986,102 worldwide. That’s the most not just for the DCEU but for any DC Comics movie to date.

Aquaman will have its digital release on March 5, with Blu-ray/DVD on March 26. James Wan won’t be doing a commentary but there will be plenty of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Plus, there’s rumor of an Aquaman spinoff coming out following The Trench. That’s in addition to the planned Aquaman 2 sequel.

One of the best parts of knowing Aquaman will be back on the big screen is knowing Jason Momoa will be promoting it the whole way. He’s a blast to watch, in Instagram posts, and in other videos, tweets, and interviews. Momoa is a huge defender of the DC world, standing up for his boy Henry Cavill (Superman) and just having a great time in the franchise. He’s a perfect ambassador for the DCEU.

Jason Momoa is busy beyond Aquaman, too. He directed the opening of Frontier Season 3, which came out a few months ago on Netflix. He was also just announced to join the insanely stacked cast of Dune. And he brought Aquaman to The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part in a little voice role.

Jason Momoa is excited for what’s ahead, but he can’t give us more details quite yet. In the meantime, check out our DCEU guide for all things in that universe, and bookmark our 2019 movie release date schedule to keep up with everything hitting theaters this year.

Fast and Furious 9 Just Moved Its Release Date Into A Seriously Competitive Lane

We have a box office race! Fast and Furious 9 just moved across the movie calendar — again. This is what happens when you announce a movie and give it a release date years in advance.

Universal Pictures just drove Fast and Furious 9 from April 10, 2002 to its new date of May 22, 2020.

That new date opens Fast 9 over next year’s Memorial Day weekend. So it sounds like a vote of confidence, as well as a way to give the production six more weeks to make the movie. (Question: Would that be enough time to add in people like Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, or no?)

Previously, as Variety noted, Fast and Furious 9 was set to open April 19, 2019. That would’ve had it open just before Avengers: Endgame this year. Not a great time to show up, so good on them for changing it to April of next year. Both of those were Easter weekends. Now Fast 9 has moved again to Memorial Day weekend, which is known for being the unofficial start of summer and a huge weekend for blockbuster movies.

Since Memorial Day weekend is known for being a movie weekend, there are already some residents on the May 22, 2020 calendar — including Godzilla vs. Kong and The SpongeBob Movie. We recently noted how SpongeBob’s move to that date would put it up against Godzilla vs. Kong. The SpongeBob movie would probably skew younger, but you have to imagine the Godzilla and Fast franchise audiences have a lot of overlap.

It’s possible one or more of those films will move again, and it’s also possible more films will join them on the Memorial Day 2020 calendar. There’s still a year to go before any of that happens, and studios always carefully watch the competition, read the tracking tea leaves, and do whatever they think is best for their films. Sometimes they get it right, and other times (no Star Wars movie this past December = Aquaman billion dollar domination) they misfire.

As The Rock recently pointed out when a reality TV star complained about all of the Fast and Furious movies, the franchise has made more than $5 billion at the box office at this point. The Rock’s Hobbs and Shaw movie is coming out this August as the first but not the last spinoff.

Fast and Furious 9 will be followed by Fast and Furious 10, which was given a release date of April 2, 2021, but don’t go thinking that will last. If the ninth movie has already moved twice, there’s a good chance the 10th movie will shift around too.

So far, not everyone has signed on for Fast and Furious 9. We know Jordana Brewster is coming back as Mia Toretto, but Michelle Rodriguez was waiting to read the script to see if she’d return.

If Fast and Furious 10 is indeed the final movie in the franchise, you have to hope everyone who can return does return. Obviously Paul Walker will always be the missing piece, and there are some fans who think the franchise should’ve ended after he died. But it’s too late for that now, so hopefully the Fast team has a plan for a strong ending. No more feuds.

Since we’re taking it all one year at a time, keep up with all of the 2019 dates with our handy movie release schedule. And stay tuned for any updates on these movies blinking and moving to a less competitive release date — if there even is one.

The Oscars Will Air All Of Its Categories Live After All

It’s safe to say that it’s been a rocky road to the 91st Academy Awards. Several controversies have popped up in the months leading to the ceremony, with the most recent one being that the Oscars for Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short would not be presented live and instead occur during the commercial breaks, with the shortened presentations being aired later. However, word has come in that this decision has been reversed, and that the winners of the categories will be presented live during the telecast. Here’s the official statement from the Officers of the Board of Governors of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

That’s a quick turnaround, as the announcement that Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short wouldn’t be presented live came out this past Monday, February 11. The Academy had already released a statement saying that none of the awards categories at the 91st Academy Awards would be “presented in a manner that depicts the achievements of its nominees and winners as less than any others,” but now it’s been made official: all 24 Oscars categories will be presented on camera live, as has been the norm for decades.

According to Deadline, when it came time to “slight” these four categories, the Academy felt that the “pushback and internal rancor” in reaction to the announcement that they wouldn’t be presented live wasn’t worth trimming approximately 45 minutes out of the Oscars broadcast, which would have cut the broadcast down to the three-hour mark, give or take. The Academy could still be pursuing other options regarding how to shorten the upcoming telecast, but with less than two weeks until the big event, it remains to be seen how this will be accomplished, if at all.

As mentioned earlier, this is hardly the first issue that’s popped up during the planning of the 91st Academy Awards. Last year, it was announced that a Best Popular Film category would be created, but following public outcry, that initiative has been delayed. Then, Kevin Hart was selected to host the Oscars ceremony, but only two days later, he dropped out of the job after past controversial jokes and comments he made resurfaced. Now the 91st Academy Awards will be held without a host, which hasn’t been done since 1989.

The 91st Academy Awards will air Sunday, February 24 on ABC, so check back with CinemaBlend then to learn who walks home with those golden trophies. In the meantime, look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what movies are opening later this year.

6 Things I Learned Bringing A Child To Walt Disney World For The First Time

There are few people in the world who don’t enjoy a good theme park. Whether you like the rides, parades, fireworks or just eating loads of food that is terrible for you, but tastes amazing, there’s something there for everybody. I say this as somebody who first visited Disneyland when he was 10, but didn’t truly fall in love with the place until I went back when I was an adult.

My wife and I have visited Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure more times than I can count over the last decade or so. Sometimes it’s with other friends, sometimes it’s just the two of us, but we always had fun enjoying everything the parks had to offer. As a couple of adults without kids, we had nearly complete freedom.

Then, a little under two years ago, my wife and I had our first child. Needless to say, the spur of the moment weekend trips to Disneyland stopped at that point. However, a long scheduled trip to Walt Disney World recently did take place, and while bringing along a toddler for the first time certainly changed the experience in a bunch of obvious and predictable ways, it also brought about several realizations that I did not see coming.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Is Kind Of Terrible For Kids

To be clear, Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t a terrible theme park. It certainly has its issues, as there aren’t a lot of major attractions there to experience at the moment, but the recently opened Toy Story Land and the forthcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge look to fix that in a big way. However, it’s a pretty bad park if you’re a small child. Pretty much all the major attractions are for the big kids and grown-ups only. The only ride of any kind that my daughter was able to experience was the Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land, and even that one was near miss as she only barely made the height requirement.

What Disney’s Hollywood Studios has in lieu of rides is a lot of shows, and your kid can certainly go to those. But if you have a kid who is small enough, and therefore young enough, to not be able to do the rides, getting them to sit and watch a show isn’t a simple task. By the time they’re old enough to enjoy the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular the kid will be able to do the other attractions as well. As it stands, there’s basically one ride that small children can even do.

Traveling With Friends Or Family Is A Must

This particular Walt Disney World vacation was a celebration of sorts, and as such we invited literally all of our friends to join us. Obviously, not everybody did, but we ended up with a dozen other people joining our family on the trip. While this was a lot of fun simply by virtue of being able to share the experience with a lot of great people, it also turned out to be a lifesaver as the more people you have, the more eyes you have on little ones.

One of my personal favorite things to do at Walt Disney World is eat. There are so many fantastic restaurants, especially at Epcot’s World Showcase, that you’d need to spend a week in that park alone to enjoy them all. Kids, however, are less interested in savoring a fine meal. Mom and dad trying to enjoy an entree with a kid around is tough, but when a couple extra people join you for dinner, there are enough people capable of distracting the kid that everybody can take turns and everybody will also have enough time to actually enjoy their food. Having friends willing to watch the kid so you can go out and eat at least one meal without the child is also very welcome.

Ride Swap Is Great, Even If You’re Not The One With Kids

Ride Swap is the option to have one person wait in a line for an attraction, usually one a child can’t ride at all, while another stays with the kid. Then, after the first person rides, the second person gets to use the FastPass queue while the first waits with the kid. It’s great for parents who both want to go on Space Mountain when the child is too small to join them.

However, the Ride Swap can actually be used up on to three people for the second ride. This means that friends can actually FastPass into a ride without needing a FastPass at all, even if they’re not “technically” watching the kid. Even people who get in line with the first party can use the FastPass line with the second party, getting two rides out of the deal. It also means that friends can watch the kid while mom and dad get to actually do a ride together every once in a while.

Reservations Are The Best And Also The Worst

As a frequent traveler to Disneyland, the hardest thing to get used to at Walt Disney World is the way you need to schedule your entire trip so far in advance. Restaurant reservations can be made six months out, and if you want to get a table at a popular spot during the prime dinner hour, you’ll need to book it that far out. You can reserve three FastPasses per day of your trip 60 days out if you’re staying at a Walt Disney World hotel, 30 days out if you’re not. Don’t expect to even be able to get a FastPass for the most popular attractions if you’re not staying on property.

This level of scheduling isn’t how I normally vacation; I prefer to have a bit more freedom. On the other hand, with kids, having some kind of schedule is quite useful. Knowing when and where you’re eating lunch and dinner every day is one less thing to worry about, and you won’t find yourself scrambling to figure it out while you (or your child) starts to get hangry. At the same time, schedules don’t always work with kids. My daughter got sick one day early in our trip and we had to stay home from a planned day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Because of the previous scheduling, that day was then lost. We couldn’t just reschedule our meals or our FastPasses for later in the week, as those slots were already taken by others. The day was a complete waste.

Walk-Around Characters Can Be Terrifying

The major reason I don’t have photo albums full of pictures of myself with costumed walk-around characters is because the lines are usually too damn long. I can justify standing in line for a roller coaster, but for a picture, it’s just too much. Still, I would have done it if my daughter had shown any interest in getting near the characters. I gave her a stuffed Mickey Mouse for Christmas entirely so she would get used to the character and potentially recognize him when they met.

But like many small kids, my daughter had no interest in getting that close. Interestingly, she found the costumed characters very interesting from a distance. They always caught her eye and she’d look and point at them, but the closer we got, the less curious she became. Seeing through her eyes, you begin to understand where she’s coming from. While some costumed characters can actually have voices, most of the ones you meet walking up and down Main Street U.S.A. are large and mute. How is that not scary to everybody?

There’s Nothing Quite Like Watching Somebody Enjoy Walt Disney World For The First Time

In a lot of ways, going to Walt Disney World with a kid is as much chore as it is vacation. There’s a lot you have to do and even more you have to think about that was never a concern for me only a couple years ago. Considering my daughter could only experience a fraction of the parks, and it was far from clear how much she even comprehended the parts that she could do, it’s a lot of work for remarkably little activity.

But man, when everything fires just right, the magic really does happen. The look on her face as we went spinning around in the teacups was like nothing I’d ever seen before. I’d been on these rides a thousand times, but with her it was like doing them all again for the very first time. When the biggest tantrum comes after the toddler realizes she can’t just go on the ride again immediately, it’s a less frustrating tantrum for dad. Honestly, I was bummed we couldn’t just do it again too.

There will be many more theme park vacations for my daughter in the future. Of that, I can be certain. With each one we’ll be able to do and share more. We’ll both learn a lot with each one. I can’t deny that I’m kinda looking forward to getting to the point where she’s old enough that she won’t even want to hang out with mom and dad, if only so mom and dad can go back to enjoying the parks the way we used to. But until then, I’ll look forward to the next time this kid finds herself on Main Street U.S.A.

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James Gunn’s Suicide Squad Sequel Is Reportedly Bringing Back A Fan Favorite

It may not have been met with the best critical reception, but 2016’s Suicide Squad was definitely a commercial winner for Warner Bros, and the studio is keen on keeping the property alive. The sequel, officially titled The Suicide Squad, is being written and directed by former Marvel Cinematic Universe contributor James Gunn. Earlier this week, word came out that Harley Quinn, one of the main characters from the first Suicide Squad movie, would not return for The Suicide Squad, but it appears that is no longer the case.

Forbes has updated its original reporting on Margot Robbie’s future as Harley Quinn in the DC Extended Universe, as sources close to the production have said that Harley will indeed be present for The Suicide Squad, which is expected to begin production later this year. While this doesn’t constitute official confirmation, given that Harley was one of the most popular elements of Suicide Squad and that Margot Robbie is reprising the character for next year’s Birds of Prey, it does make sense that she would be brought back for The Suicide Squad, if only to establish at least one connective thread between this sequel and its predecessor.

Rather than being a direct sequel to Suicide Squad, The Suicide Squad is reportedly going to be a “relaunch” rather than a direct sequel. This will give Gunn the opportunity to carve out his own vision for the property, and will supposedly result in a lot of new lead characters being brought in. However, assuming this latest update is true, then Harley Quinn will be back for another round of Task Force X action on the big screen, which makes sense given that she’s been one of the Squad’s frequent members since the New 52 reboot in 2011. If I were a betting man, I’d also place odds on Will Smith and Viola Davis reprising Deadshot and Amanda Waller, respectively, in The Suicide Squad as well, but that remains to be seen.

When we last saw Harley Quinn at the end of Suicide Squad, she was being broken out of Belle Reve by The Joker. Judging by the early looks at Birds of Prey, it appears the jestress and the Clown Prince of Crime have since broken up, and the eight DC Extended Universe movie will see Harley teaming up with Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya to protect the young Cassandra Cain, who’s being hunted down by Black Mask because she finds a diamond belonging to the crime world.

It will be a while until we learn how that movie ends, but evidently afterwards, Harley will end up being incarcerated again if she’s going to appear in The Suicide Squad. If Harley will indeed be accompanied by new teammates, it will be interesting to see how her dynamic with them compares to how she was with the previous Squad. It should also be noted that as things stand now, Harley is not expected to appear in Gotham City Sirens, and the Joker/Harley Quinn movie is dead.

You can see Harley Quinn back on the big screen when Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is released in theaters on February 7, 2020, and The Suicide Squad will follow on August 6, 2021.

Isn’t It Romantic Had A Hilarious Pretty Woman Reference That Had To Be Cut

February has long been rom-com season since Valentine’s Day is smack in the middle of it. This year has brought two of this kind, What Men Want and Isn’t It Romantic. The latter is a self-aware parody of the genre itself, calling out the many unrealistic clichés and tropes in films such as 13 Going on 30 and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Cool story, Rebel! If only we knew what is was! If you haven’t seen Pretty Women in a while, take a look at the scene Rebel Wilson is talking about below!

Okay, I can see how this would have been a good scene to spoof. Just imagine Rebel Wilson (who usually has a beautiful voice) horribly singing Prince’s Kiss as Liam Hemsworth, who plays her “love interest,” lovingly sighs at her interrupting his phone call. It would have been a hilarious way to spoof how filtered men can be in rom-coms, often not even finding flaws or annoyances in their girlfriend’s behaviors.

During the CinemaBlend interview, Adam Devine jumped in saying they did enough improv in Isn’t It Romantic for a five-hour movie. Rebel Wilson also said the huge first date between her and Liam Hemsworth was supposed to go on way longer then is does in the film. It sounds like the actors had a lot of funny material to work with. I already can’t wait for the home release!

Speaking of Julia Roberts, Rebel Wilson also revealed that they thought it would be fun for her to have a cameo toward the end of the movie, but she ended up being busy. It would have been a great homage to all of the rom-coms Roberts was in the ‘90s, and would have been great to see her poke fun at the genre that jumpstarted her career.

Isn’t It Romantic follows Rebel Wilson’s character Natalie, who is attacked at a subway station, knocked out and wakes up in the middle of a typical PG-13 romantic comedy alternative reality. She meets Liam Hemsworth while her co-worker (Adam Devine) finds love with Priyanka Chopra’s character Isabella. Take a look at the film’s stars talking about the cut scene:

Isn’t It Romantic is currently in theaters in a weekend box office horse race with Happy Death Day 2U and Alita: Battle Angel, which also opened this President’s Day weekend.

How Star Wars and Frozen Will Compete Outside The Box Office This Year.

Normally, Disney is careful to make sure that the films from its various divisions don’t compete with each other too much. Release dates are chosen so one film will run its course at the box office before the next one comes along. However, later this year Star Wars and Frozen II are going head-to-head in one very important way outside of the theater. This morning, Disney announced that new merchandise for three upcoming Star Wars projects, as well as Frozen II, will all see a global product launch on October 4, 2019. It will be a huge merchandise day for Disney, but it may mean that fans of both franchises will have some decisions to make.

Force Friday has been a regular event for Star Wars fans ever since 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released. All new toys and other merchandise being created to tie-in with the film was released on the same day, leading to massive lines in stores as fans tried to be sure they got their hands on their favorite action figures or other gear before it was gone.

Friday October 4, 2019, however, will be Triple Force Friday, as that day won’t only see Star Wars: Episode IX merchandise hitting shelves, but also merch related to the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian, and Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming video game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

That’s a lot of Star Wars stuff and it’s sure to make fans excited, but they won’t be the only ones waiting in line as Frozen II will see its global product launch on the exact same day, so get ready to get knocked down as you reach for the newest Rey figure by somebody who’s looking for the new Elsa.

Certainly, in large part, these two fandoms hitting the stores on the same day will just mean more people, as many people might not be superfans of both brands, but certainly there are a lot of people who like both Frozen and Star Wars, and then there’s always the collectors, who will want stuff from both titles simply for the sake of having it.

Money is, for most of us, a finite resource, and as such, at least some people will have to make decisions about which stuff they want more.

With the three different lines of Star Wars stuff and the addition of Frozen II, Triple Force Friday, or Triple Force Frozen Friday, is set to potentially be the biggest day that Disney’s consumer products division has possibly ever had. Just launching that many new products at once will be feat, as very likely, will be the number of them that sell on that day, nevermind all the days that come after.

Toys often give way to theories about the actual film when we see it before the movie hits screens. In the case of both Episode IX and Frozen II, that will be the case, so get ready for lots of people trying to use these products to figure out what we don’t know about the films before their respective releases.

In the case of the other two properties, we don’t actually know how Triple Force Friday lines up with release. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has only been confirmed as far as a Fall 2019 release, an October or November release is likely based on video game release trends. Disney+, the streaming service that will be home to The Mandalorian doesn’t even have an official launch date itself yet. Disney has only said it will go live in late 2019. It’s not even confirmed that The Mandalorian will be available on day one of the service, though this merch release info would imply that’s quite possible.

Will you be in line on Triple Force Friday?