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Universal Moves 'Warcraft' to 2016, Away from 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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November 27, 2013

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When Disney announced they were sending Star Wars: Episode VII to theaters on December 18th. 2015, many wondered when Universal was going to move Legendary's adaptation of Warcraft to get out of the way of the sci-fi giant. Now the studio has made the right call and will release the film on March 11th, 2016 instead. That's a smart move, not only because there's not really anything schedule for 2016 other than a Marvel movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and some other blockbusters, but this pretty much guarantees the film will dominate in the spring slot. In addition, the studio also announced release dates for some other upcoming projects, in addition to a new release date for the delayed fantasy The Seventh Son.

After originally being dated for release this past February, Warner Bros. delayed the Legendary Entertainment production of The Seventh Son, an adaptation of The Last Apprentice (or The Wardstone Chronicles) book series by Joseph Delaney, to an October release date. Then the film was delayed again got pushed into the dreary release month of January 17th, 2014. But when Legendary left Warner Bros. the film went into flux again, and Universal ended up inheriting distribution of the film starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. Now Universal has slated the film to arrive on February 6th, 2015.

Other scheduling announcements include Michael Mann's untitled cyber thriller starring Thor's Chris Hemsworth arriving on January 16th, 2015 (hopefully it fares better than his brother's quickly forgotten release Paranoia with Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman). Jennifer Lopez's saucy thriller The Boy Next Door comes a week later on January 23rd, 2015. And finally, much further out, Universal's reboot of their classic movie monster The Mummy from Mama director Andres Muschietti will arrive on April 22nd, 2016. So mark these down in your calendar if that's your thing.

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  • OfficialJab
    Put it wherever they want, I don't think it will get the attention that Universal wants. It's up to us to see it three times for every person we know who doesn't go.
  • Chris Groves
    Who saw that coming...besides everyone? I wonder if the delay for The Seventh Son will involve any sort of attempts to improve the movie. Like re-editing it, doing additional effects work/revisions, etc etc Not that it's a given that it was/is in bad shape...but the first trailer didn't make the movie look that spectacular.
  • Dingo
    I love how people think the new Star Wars are going to be HUGE. My prediction is 200 million at the box office...the prequels pretty much tainted the entire brand and it's not like the most recent Star Trek movie made a ton. Avatar 2 will annihilate these new movies at the box office
    • cobrazombie
      200 domestic? You crazy, no matter how bad the prequels were.
  • avconsumer2
    That's funny... was attempting to educate a fellow commenter about a month ago on the monumental financial stupidity of the previous WoW release date. C'est la vie.

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