Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions Dates First Two Films for 2015
UPDATED: Meryl Streep's "Ricki and the Flash" is getting a high-profile summer release, while Robert Zemeckis' untitled film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt will open in the fall.
Sony has set release dates for the first two films from Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions -- Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash and Robert Zemeckis' untitled biopic about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who walked between the World Trade Center towers.
Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep and written by Diablo Cody, will open June 26, the same corridor used to launch Streep's femme-fueled The Devil Wears Prada when Rothman was at Fox.
Zemeckis' 3D movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit, and will debut Oct. 2, the same weekend that Gravity debuted last year. The untitled film, pitched as a fun caper meant for all age groups, is based on Petit's memoir To Reach the Clouds and also stars Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and James Badge Dale.
"These are auspicious dates with a great history," Sony vice chairman Jeff Blake said when announcing them. "We are confident that summer moviegoers will respond to another classic Meryl Streep character, and in the fall, as we saw with Gravity on this same date, the first weekend in October is prime real estate for a visually stunning 3D experiential film."
Ricki and the Flash will open opposite Universal's Ted 2, while the Zemeckis movie goes up against Fox's Frankenstein and Focus Features' sequel London Has Fallen, a sequel to action movie Olympus Has Fallen.