‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ Movie Set Opposite ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’

Disney’s “Star Wars: Rogue One” has some competition — “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

Warner Bros. has given a holiday season release of Dec. 16, 2016, to Alcon’s movie version of the feel-good book series “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” That’s the same date set for the “Star Wars” spinoff, which had been the only title scheduled for release that day.

Alcon picked up the rights in 2013 and set the project up with Kerner Entertainment Cos. topper Jordan Kerner along with Alcon toppers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Lewis Collick (“October Sky,” “Ghosts of Mississippi,” “Ladder 49”) will write the screenplay, which will draw from the characters and stories from the inspirational “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series.

The brand was created by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in 1993. The series of inspirational tales has sold more than 100 million books to date in the U.S. and Canada, with almost 250 titles in print and translations into more than 40 languages.

“Chicken Soup” was recently allocated a $2.5 million incentive tax credit from the California Film Commission for shooting in the state.

Star Wars: Rogue One” is likely to provide serious competition at the box office that weekend, based on the might of the franchise and the buzz this chapter is steadily generating from events like the D23 Expo, where a cast photo was revealed to devoted fans.

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