‘Smile 2’ Set for 2024, ‘Mean Girls’ Movie Musical Shifts from Streaming to Theaters

Paramount has announced theatrical release dates for the upcoming “Mean Girls” musical movie, as well as a sequel to the hit horror film “Smile.”

The “Mean Girls” musical movie, which is based on the Tony-nominated Broadway musical adapted from the iconic 2004 movie (which made $130 million at the box office) was planned to debut on Paramount+, but will now get a wide theatrical release on Jan. 12, 2024.

“Bob Marley: One Love,” which was scheduled set to hit theaters on that date, moves to Wed. Feb. 14, 2024.

Reneé Rapp, Angourie Rice, Jaquel Spivey and Auli’i Cravalho star in the new “Mean Girls” movie. Rapp played Regina George in the Broadway musical and reprises her role, while Rice, Spivey and Cravalho will play Cady, Damian and and Janis, respectively. Original film and stage musical writer Tina Fey penned the movie, with Arturo Perez and and Samantha Jayne directing. The music is by Jeff Richmond with lyrics from Nell Benjamin.

“The Tiger’s Apprentice,” which was dated for Jan. 19, 2002 has been officially removed from the theatrical release schedule and will premiere exclusively on Paramount+.

The schedule shift is reminiscent of last year’s, when the studio shifted “Smile” from a Paramount+ launch to a theatrical release, which paid off immensely at the box office — to the tune of a $217 million. Paramount has officially dated a sequel to “Smile” for Oct. 18, 2024.

More to come…