Lionsgate Horror Films ‘Spiral’ and ‘Antebellum’ Get New Release Dates

Spiral and Antebellum delayed by Lionsgate amid coronavirus crisis. (Credit: Lionsgate)

Lionsgate’s upcoming horror films Antebellum starring Janelle Monáe, and Spiral featuring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson have new release dates after they were shifted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Antebellum will arrive in theaters on Aug. 21, the studio announced Friday.

The thriller from the producers behind Jordan Peele’s hit films Get Out and Us depicts Monáe as a successful writer who is mysteriously abducted and transported to a seemingly alternate reality as a slave in the Southern United States.

The cast includes Marque Richardson II, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone.

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Antebellum was written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. It is Monáe’s first lead movie role after previously appearing in Harriet, Hidden Figures and Moonlight. The film had originally been scheduled to open on April 24, but was pulled from release amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In another announcement Friday, Lionsgate said Saw reboot Spiral has been pushed back a year to May 21, 2021. It had originally been scheduled to hit theaters on May 15.

The film is produced by the original Saw team of Mark Burg and Oren Koules, and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Rock serves as executive producer.

Rock leads the cast of Spiral as brash detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks. He and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) are tasked with investigating a string of sadistic crimes. The trailer for the film shows Jackson as a veteran investigator who arrives at a crime scene and warns: “This shit is gonna go sideways, fast.”

Meanwhile, Lionsgate is moving the Deon Taylor thriller Fatale to October 30, 2020. The film stars Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy. It centers on a married man who is tricked into a murder scheme by a female police detective.