Three new films have been approved for production by Warner Bros. Pictures, including a Mad Max prequel, a classic Looney Tunes adaptation, and a musical twist on a Steven Spielberg classic.
Warner Bros. Pictures announced the release dates for three upcoming theatrical titles: Furiosa, Coyote vs. Acme, and The Color Purple musical feature. Each film is scheduled to hit theaters worldwide in 2023. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
Up first in the lineup will be writer, director, and producer George Miller’s Furiosa. It is a prequel to his hit Mad Max: Fury Road that introduced the wildly popular character. Set for June 23, 2023, it will star Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Miller penned the script and produces alongside his longtime partner, Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell.
Warner Animation Group (WAG) delivers the live-action and animated hybrid Coyote vs. Acme, which will be released in theaters on July 21, 2023. Directed by Dave Green, it will feature the age-old rivalry between the Roadrunner nemesis and his preferred mail-order supplier. The screenplay is written by James Gunn, Jeremy Slater, Jon Silberman & Josh Silberman, and Samy Burch. It is based on the Wile E. Coyote character and fictitious Acme corporation from the Looney Tunes, the Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, and the fictional New Yorker magazine article entitled “Coyote v. Acme,” written by Ian Frazier. Chris DeFaria and James Gunn will produce, the latter under his Two Monkeys, A Goat and Another, Dead, Monkey production banner.
The Color Purple musical feature comes to theaters around the globe on December 20, 2023. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, the film will be directed by Blitz Bazawule. It will be produced by Oprah Winfrey (Harpo Films), Steven Spielberg (Amblin Entertainment), Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones. The executive producers are Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Mara Jacobs, Carla Gardini, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Adam Fell. The script is written by Marcus Gardley, and the score includes the music and lyrics from the stage musical by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. The new film and Gardley’s script are based on Alice Walker’s book, the 1985 Warner Bros. Pictures film, and the Broadway stage musical.