Ethan Coen’s Drive-Away Dolls delayed as strikes hit further

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Drive-Away Dolls is reportedly being shifted from its September release date because of the ongoing strikes: more here.

Ethan Coen’s anticipated next film, Drive-Away Dolls won’t be making its bow in September, as originally planned according to World of Reel. The outlet previously stated that Disney would delay Poor Things, the latest film by Yorgos Lanthimos. We covered that story yesterday and the delay has indeed been confirmed today.

Reportedly, Focus hasn’t yet decided when to reschedule the film’s release. The film focuses ‘on two women – Jamie (Margaret Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan), who desperately needs to loosen up.

In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way. Beanie Feldstein, Colman Domingo, Bill Camp, Pedro Pascal and Matt Damon also co-star.’

It’s that ensemble of actors that Focus will want to mobilise to ensure that the film is ably promoted and performs well commercially. However, with the first dual strike in Hollywood since 1960 showing no signs of breaking, the studio is playing things safe and who can blame it? Drive-Away Dolls joins Poor Things and Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers as the third mid-budget film shunted from a planned September release, presumably into 2024.

As yet, none of the studios have announced a delay to a tentpole release but rumours continue to swirl, with Dune Part II being touted as a possible contender. However, as the film is a co-production between Legendary and Warner Bros, both parties would likely have to agree to a delay but at present, are waiting to see how the strike situation evolves.  The film’s marketing campaign is due to ramp up in September ahead of its scheduled November release date, so if we do see a delay it will likely be announced around that time.

Like Drive -Away Dolls was, Gareth Edwards The Creator, Kenneth Branagh’s A Haunting in Venice and the GameStop meme stock movie Dumb Money are also set for release in September. Whether they continue to hold the line as other studios pull their films remains to be seen. We’ll bring you more on this story as we hear it.

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