Tom Hanks' 'Inferno' Pushed to 2016 to Avoid 'Star Wars Episode VII'

In a smart move, Sony has changed the release date of the Tom Hanks-starrer to October 14, 2016.

AceShowbiz - Eying for an uninterrupted box office success, "Inferno" gets out of "Star Wars Episode VII" lane. The third adaptation of Dan Brown's novel is pushed out of its December 18, 2015 release date and moved to October 14, 2016.

"Inferno" is the continuation of "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons". Tom Hanks reprises his role as symbologist Robert Langdon who tries to solve a mystery behind a famous piece of art or literature - in this case, "Dante's Inferno".

Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, the doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's Inferno.

Ron Howard returns as director and producer, using the script by David Koepp. Production will start next spring in Italy.

On its new date, "Inferno" will go up against Liam Neeson-starring "A Monster Calls". Meanwhile, "Star Wars Episode VII" will still go head to head with Universal Pic's comedy "The Nest" which stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

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