12:18 PM PST 3/7/2016 by Pamela McClintock
The modern-day musical marks Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to acclaimed indie drama ‘Whiplash.’
Lionsgate and Summit are pushing back the release of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land from July 15 to December, the heart of awards season.
The modern-day musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will open in select theaters Dec. 2 before expanding nationwide Dec. 16. Lionsgate also announced that Molly Smith’s Black Label Media has come aboard to co-finance the movie following their collaboration on Sicario.
La La Land marks Chazelle’s follow-up to indie darling Whiplash and reunites the director with the pic’s Oscar-winning supporting actor J.K. Simmons.
A modern-day take on the classic Hollywood musical, La La Land follows a jazz pianist (Gosling) who falls for an aspiring actress (Stone) in Los Angeles. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fabric of their love affair.
Fred Berger, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt are producing.