Film distributor STX Entertainment has issued release dates for three of its upcoming films, The Bye Bye Man, Besties and an as yet untitled comedy from BAFTA Film Award nominee Jon Lucas (The Hangover, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) and BAFTA Film Award nominee Scott Moore (Mixology, The Change Up). All three are set for a 2016 release.
First up is the untitled comedy, set to release on August 19, 2016 opposite Focus Features’ animated fantasy Kubo and the Two Strings and Warner Bros.’ crime comedy Arms and the Dudes. Written and directed by Lucas and Moore, the film stars Golden Globe Award nominee Mila Kunis (Black Swan, That ’70s Show), three-time Golden Globe Award nominee Christina Applegate (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip) and five-time Teen Choice Award nominee Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, House of Lies). The film follows three mothers who inadvertently find themselves at odds with the PTA after they attempt to spice up their lives.
“Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are masters at creating relatable characters that audiences instantly embrace, and then putting them in hilarious real-life situations for great comedic results,” the President of STX Entertainment Oren Aviv, said of the film earlier this year. “This film provides the rare opportunity for a half-dozen strong female lead roles, and we are thrilled to have assembled an exceptional cast led by Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell. We can’t wait to start production and be part of the magic this team will bring to the screen.”
Next up is Besties, another comedy set to release on September 30, 2016 opposite Summit Entertainment’s disaster film Deepwater Horizon and Relativity Media’s heist comedy Masterminds. Written and directed by Kelly Fremon (Streak, Post Grad) and stars Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2), two-time Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Now You See Me), Golden Globe Award winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, Justice League: The New Frontier), Blake Jenner (Glee, Melissa and Joey), Haley Lu Richardson (Ravenswood, The Last Survivors) and Katie Stuart (The 100, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants). The film follows two high school girls who are best friends until one begins to date the other’s brother.
Finally, horror thriller The Bye Bye Man will open just in time for Halloween on October 14, 2016 opposite Universal Pictures comedy Kevin Hart: What Now?, Focus Features fantasy drama A Monster Calls and Columbia Pictures’ Dan Brown novel adaptation Inferno. The film is apparently an adaptation of a short story by Robert Damon Schneck called The Bridge to Body Island and follows some college students who encounter the titular Bye Bye Man, who is apparently not very friendly. Directed by Academy Award nominee Stacy Title (Hood of Horror, Let the Devil Wear Black) from a script by Academy Award nominee Jonathan Penner (Down on the Waterfront, Let the Devil Wear Black), the film stars Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Terminator: Genisys), Cressida Bonas (Doctor Thorne, Tulip Fever), Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens, Supernatural), Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway (Network, Three Days of the Condor), Cleo King (Mike and Molly, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica, How I Met Your Mother), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix, Disturbia) and Hollywood’s go-to guy for tall, thin creatures Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army) as the Bye Bye Man.