Universal Dates Jo Koy’s ‘Easter Sunday’, Comedy Sci-Fi ‘Distant’ & Corey Hawkins Pic ‘The Last Voyage Of The Demeter’

The sci-fi comedy stars Anthony Ramos as a low-level mining engineer whose spaceship gets struck by an asteroid sending him to an unknown alien planet. Kevin K. Speck and Gordon are also EPs with Jonathan Rothbart and Matthew Hirsch. He connects with a fellow crew member (Naomi Scott) via radio, but she's trapped inside her own escape pod, and losing oxygen as well. There he contends with his AI survival suit (voiced by Zachary Quinto) and aliens. Pic is produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger and Anna Halberg. Pic will open against Disney/Pixar's Turning Red. Vafi is co-producer. Distant, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, will open on March 11, 2022.
Universal has dated two DreamWorks movies, Distant and Easter Sunday, as well as Amblin Entertainment's The Last Voyage of the Demeter.
Pic is produced by Rideback’s Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich and is executive produced by Jo Koy, Jessica Gao, Jimmy O. Yang, Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Tony nominee Eva Noblezada, Lydia Gaston, Asif Ali , Rodney To, Eugene Cordero, Jay Chandrasekhar, Tiffany Haddish and Lou Diamond Phillips also star. Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Cheng, Joe Meloche, Nick Reynolds and Seth William Meier. Jay Chandrasekhar directs. Easter Sunday will open on April 1, 2022 and it's the only wide release currently dated. Stand-up comedian Jo Koy stars as a man returning home for an Easter celebration with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing, loving family, in this love letter to his Filipino-American community.
When the Demeter finally arrives off the shores of England, it is a charred, derelict wreck. Pic is executive produced by Matthew Hirsch.” /> Corey Hawkins stars as Clemens, a doctor who joins the Demeter crew, Aisling Franciosi as an unwitting stowaway, Liam Cunningham as the ship’s captain and David Dastmalchian as the Demeter’s first mate. There is no trace of the crew. The André Øvredal directed feature The Last Voyage of the Demeter will debut on Jan. Brad Fischer produces for New Republic Pictures and Oscar-nominated producer Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer for Phoenix Pictures. Pic is based on a single chilling chapter, "The Captain's Log" from Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, and tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo—fifty unmarked wooden crates—from Carpathia to London. Strange events befall the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a merciless presence onboard the ship. 27, 2023 and is also the only wide release dated for that weekend.

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