Chadwick Boseman’s 21 Bridges has been pushed back to later in the year.
The release date for 21 Bridges is now set for November 22 instead of its scheduled September 27 premiere. This isn’t the first time the film has been moved back. As we reported in May, the film was originally supposed to premiere July 12, but was moved to its now-defunct September date for reasons unknown.
According to Deadline, the decision to move the film came after Comic-Con, where the trailer got “a strong response.” But it seems the reason the decision was made because of Joker, opening October 4. Those over the film, including directors Joe and Anthony Russo, apparently, don’t want the film to have to deal with the likes of the Joaquin Phoenix starring DC movie, which is already getting awards buzz. Deadline also states that September itself is “crowded,” so 21 Bridges‘ move is trying to get out of the way of tons of competition.
However, the film’s new November date moves it into another hot time of the year for films, Thanksgiving. And with that comes A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the Mr. Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks, as well as Disney’s sequel Frozen 2. Maybe the move makes sense to those in charge, but it seems like 21 Bridges may have just stepped out of the frying pan and into the fryer. Regardless of where the film goes on the latter half of the calendar, it’s going to be surrounded by stiff competition.
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