Universal Shifts 'Warcraft,' 'Pacific Rim 2' & 'Mummy' Reboot Dates
Yesterday, Universal announced that the next installment of the Fast & Furious franchise would arrive with Furious 8 hitting theaters on April 14th, 2017, but that's not the only release date news that the studio had in store. They've also announced dates for some forthcoming films like the sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey, and also shifted some films arriving over the next few years, such as the video game adaptation Warcraft from Duncan Jones, the sci-fi sequel Pacific Rim 2 from Guillermo del Toro and the first official movie that kicks off Universal's classic movie monsters franchise reboot, The Mummy. Read on!
First up, THR reports next spring's release of Warcraft has been moved back to June 10th, 2016. The Mummy has been pushed back from a summer release next year to the following spring on March 24th, 2017. In addition, the unknown next film in the monsters franchise has been pushed back to March 30th, 2018. Also on the monster front, Pacific Rim 2 has moved from the spring of 2017 to August 4th, 2017 instead. That explains why we haven't heard much in the vein of solid development on those films in awhile, and also why the studio didn't show any footage from Warcraft at CinemaCon this week.
Also arriving in 2017 will be the Doug Liman directed, Tom Cruise starring vehicle Mena, getting a perplexing January 6th, 2017 release, but apparently the fantastic box office performance of the Oscar-nominated American Sniper has studios thinking it's a very viable release month now. Honestly, I think that was a special circumstance and a fluke due to a perfect storm of patriotism, a lack of options and a very well-done marketing campaign, but we'll find out eventually. Finally, Universal has slated the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed will arrive on February 10th, 2017 and February 9th, 2018. It sounds like Universal has a lot in the works, so stay tuned for updates.