- Disney has reportedly dropped The Bikeriders, causing New Regency to search for a new distributor for the film starring Austin Butler and Tom Hardy.
- The film, which premiered at Telluride Film Festival and received positive reviews, is unlikely to be released in 2023 and may arrive at a much later date.
- Uncertainty surrounds the film’s arrival in theaters or on streaming, but a wider cinematic release is more fitting for this potential awards contender.
The Bikeriders is reportedly no longer being released by Disney, forcing its financing company, New Regency, to look for a new distributor. The film stars Austin Butler and Tom Hardy, who play members of a fictional motorcycle club in Chicago that slowly grows over the course of a decade. Originally, the movie was slated to come out on December 1, 2023, before Disney pulled it from its release schedule due to the actors strike.
Now, Jeff Sneider of The InSneider reports Disney is no longer planning to release The Bikeriders, causing New Regency to search for a new distribution partner. The report claims the entertainment company is now open to either a theatrical or streaming release for the film. No matter the outcome, the film is unlikely to arrive in 2023 due to limited actor availability to promote it.
When & Where Will The Bikeriders Get Released?
While its release to the general public remains unknown, The Bikeriders premiered at Telluride Film Festival in August to positive reviews. However, given the uncertainty now surrounding its wider distribution, it’s unlikely the film will be released in 2023. Despite plans for the movie to come out in time to qualify for the 2023 Academy Awards, it seems the film will instead arrive at a much later date.
Given the movie’s advertisement for a theatrical release, it seems likely distribution on the big screen will be prioritized. However, depending on how fast the production company wants the movie to come out, it could end up partnering with a streamer to make for a quick release. Since the film was set up to be an awards contender, though, a wider, cinematic release would be more fitting for it.
It’s also unclear when The Bikeriders could get a larger promotional campaign, given Hardy’s involvement filming Venom 3 and Butler likely promoting Dune: Part Two early next year. Although the biker movie has an uncertain future, the strength of its stars and positive film festival reception means it may find a new distributor soon. However, the movie probably won’t arrive until 2024, whether it comes out in theaters or on streaming.
Other core cast members in The Bikeriders include Jodie Comer, Michael Shannon, Mike Faist, Norman Reedus, and Boyd Holbrook.
Source: The InSneider