Paramount Ditches “Billie,” Sets “Babylon”
Paramount Pictures have pulled Lee Daniels’ “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” off their theatrical release schedule.
The removal comes on the heels of news at Christmas that the film was headed to Hulu, though at the time it wasn’t clear if Paramount would still offer a simultaneous theatrical release.
That won’t happen now with the new deal with Hulu said to be more than double what Paramount was offering. The streamer still plans to push the film out for the current awards season with a February 26th deadline set.
The studio has also announced a December 25th 2022 limited release ahead of a January 6th 2023 wide release for Damien Chazelle’s R-rated Hollywood period feature “Babylon” starring Brad Pitt. Margot Robbie is in early talks to join that project.