Fox Dates 'X-Men: First Class 2,' 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' More
by Ethan Anderton
May 31, 2012
Considering the success of the 3D re-release of Titanic with a $344 million box office gross to date, it's no surprise that other blockbusters are getting the same treatment. Today, Fox announced that they will have Stereo 3D, the same company responsible for converting Titanic to 3D, will bring the Will Smith sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day into the third dimension on July 3rd, 2013 (would you expect anything different?). But that's not all. The studio also announced 2014 dates for Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse and the anticipated sequels to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class. More below!
While Spielberg's adaptation of Robopocalypse was originally slated for release next summer, the studio has instead set it for release on April 25th, 2014. Does that mean Spielberg will work on something else between now and when that film might start production? We're not sure. Meanwhile, the gestating sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is now officially titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and will hit theaters on May 23rd, 2014, just in time for some Memorial Day box office action. But the sequel fun in the summer of 2014 from Fox doesn't stop there as X-Men: First Class 2 is now slated to arrive on July 18th, 2014.
But in 2013, Fox has plenty of other titles that have just been dated as well. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring and directed by Ben Stiller will hit theaters on Christmas Day, while Fox's adaptation of Walking with Dinosaurs, based on the TV series and live show of the same name, will hit a few day sbefore on December 20th, 2013. Earlier in the year, Fox will send the currently untitled buddy cop comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to theaters on April 5th, 2013 and one more sequel in the form of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters on August 16th, 2013, pushed back from the earlier March 15th release. That's a hell of a slate for the next couple years, and that's just the big stuff. Honestly, I hope the Independence Day re-release is a test for interest in the rumored sequels. We'll see.