Ben Affleck’s Crime Drama ‘Live by Night,’ 3 More Warner Bros. Films Dated for 2017

Ben Affleck's Live by Night Release
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Warner Bros. has set an Oct. 20, 2017, release date for Ben Affleck’s period crime drama “Live by Night” — a year after its original release date.

The studio decided last August to move “Live by Night,” Affleck’s first directorial effort since “Argo,” out of its Oct. 7, 2016, release to an unknown date in 2017. It’s the first title to land on the 2017 date.

The film is based on Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-era crime novel and stars Affleck, Sienna Miller, Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning. Shooting began in October in Georgia.

Warner Bros. has also set a Feb. 17, 2017, release date for “Fist Fight” through New Line. Village Roadshow is co-producing and co-financing the comedy, starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell.

“Fist Fight” is the fourth title to land on Feb. 17, 2017, after Sony’s “The Dark Tower,” Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” and Universal’s “The Great Wall.”

Additionally, New Line will release “Annabelle 2” on May 19, 2017. Variety reported in October that Gary Dauberman was returning to write a script for a sequel to its 2014 horror hit.

“Annabelle,” directed by John R. Leonetti with Peter Safran and James Wan producing, generated over $250 million in worldwide grosses on a $6.5 million budget as a spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring.” The film was based on a possessed doll named Annabelle, as described by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, and set in California in 1969.

“Annabelle” starred Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard. “Annabelle 2” is the second title to land on the date after Paramount’s reboot of “Baywatch.”

Warner Bros. will also release an untitled event film on Aug. 11, 2017.

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