Fox Moving 'Fantastic Four 2' Away from 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'
by Ethan Anderton
March 13, 2015
Following yesterday's news that Star Wars: Episode VIII would arrive on May 26th, 2017, bringing the sci-fi saga back to summer where it belongs, 20th Century Fox made a smart decision to move one of their blockbusters out of the way. Though Fantastic Four 2 wasn't hitting theaters until June 2nd, 2017, the studio wants to give Disney (and themselves) another week of box office breathing room by moving the comic book sequel back one week to June 9th, 2017. It's not a big move, but one extra week will give more people time to see Episode VIII without harming the box office gross of Fantastic Four 2, so it's a good call.
Also, here's some new images from the first Fantastic Four, coming this August (via Total Film):
However, Warner Bros. Pictures still has The LEGO Batman Movie slated to hit theaters on May 26th, 2017, and there's no indication that it might move yet. That animated film may skew towards younger audiences, but there's a lot of crossover between The LEGO Movie audience and Star Wars fans, so the studio may end up moving their film as well. Star Wars is going to be a giant box office draw for years to come, and surely they can take whatever release day they want without worrying about competition at all. But these films are still two years away, so there's plenty of time to figure this all out later down the road.