'Evil Dead,' 'Captain Phillips' and 'Sparkle' get playdates
Sony Pictures has announced release dates for a diverse trio of films.Studio skedded its “Evil Dead” reboot for April 12, 2013. Fede Alvarez is directing from a script he co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues, while “Young Adult” scribe Diablo Cody did revisions. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures is producing the horror pic, which falls under its recently announced pact with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict. Project will begin casting in the coming weeks, and so far is the only film on that date. Earlier in the week, Sony announced it would release Paul Greengrass’ Tom Hanks-starrer “Captain Phillips” on March 22, 2013. “The Social Network” team of Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Kevin Spacey are producing the Billy Ray-scripted film, which finds Hanks playing Captain Richard Phillips, who gave himself up as a hostage to Somali pirates in order to keep the crew of his cargo ship safe. “Captain Phillips” will target the adult audience, going up against DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods,” which features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage, which will chase after younger auds. Sony will also release its music-themed drama “Sparkle” on Aug. 10, 2012. Pic, which stars Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke and Whitney Houston, will feature original music from R. Kelly. “Sparkle” will square off against Summit’s zombie pic “Warm Bodies” and Warner Bros.’ “Rivals,” a political comedy from director Jay Roach that pairs Will Ferrell with Zach Galifianakis.