Damien Chazelle’s Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling musical “La La Land” is moving out of its summer July 15 date to December 2. Billed as a musical love letter for the holidays, the film will open in limited release before going wide on December 16. Lionsgate also announced that it is collaborating with Black Label Media as a co-financier for the Summit Entertainment title. Lionsgate and BLM recently partnered on “Sicario.” Produced by Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert and Marc Platt, “La La Land” follows a jazz pianist (Gosling) who falls for an aspiring actress (Stone) in Los Angeles.
During its wide break, “La La Land” will go up against Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Warner Bros’ “Collateral Beauty.” Chazelle’s previous film “Whiplash” was nominated for an Oscar in the adapted screenplay category (it was based on a short the director initially shot). “Whiplash” also earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar win for J.K. Simmons, who also stars in “La La Land.”