Matt Damon's 'The Great Wall' Pushed to 2017. Zhang Yimou directs the Legendary project
- Universal is pushing THE GREAT WALL to Feb. 17, 2017.
The Matt Damon action-adventure, which was originally slated to hit theaters on Nov. 23, will now rollout over next year's lucrative Presidents Day weekend. The move comes just days after Ryan Reynolds' superhero film Deadpool opened to a record-breaking $152.2 million, the biggest opening of all time for the holiday and the biggest ever for an R-rated movie. The Great Wall will go up against Will Smith's Bad Boys 3 and the final film in the Maze Runner YA franchise, Maze Runner: The Death Cure. The Legendary project is directed by House of Flying Daggers helmer Zhang Yimou and tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The pic is the first English-language production for Zhang and the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Pedro Pascal, Tian Jing, Andy Lau and Willem Dafoe.