MGM/United Artists Releasing are changing the release schedule for Aretha Franklin biopic Respect after the film got a great response from BET's audience.
Deadline reports that after Jennifer Hudson's performance of "Young, Gifted & Black" and the release of the minute-long trailer for Respect became two of the biggest highlights of the BET Awards, the movie studios behind the film are now planning a wide release Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Day.
The new plan to wait until the holiday weekend shows the studios have more confidence the film will excel at the box office. As of March, the film was going to open to a limited release this Christmas and start opening wider Jan. 8 until the film would be fully released Jan. 15.
This is the second time the film has been moved; originally, the film was set for an Oct. 7 release. This new date still allows it to qualify for next year's Oscars.
Hudson stars as Franklin in the biopic and was hand-chosen by Franklin herself for the role before her death in 2018. This is separate from the Nat Geo limited series, Genius: Aretha, which will star Cynthia Erivo.