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Briefly: Fox Searchlight has confirmed (via @ERCboxoffice) a release date for the upcoming indie sensation Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, which won both the Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and won our hearts too. The film earned a top spot on our list of the Best of the Fest, as well as plenty of glowing reviews by the end of the festival. It's definitely going to find an audience outside of the fest, and Fox Searchlight is banking on its success. The studio has scheduled a limited release starting on July 1st, 2015 this summer, which is when they usually open one of their new Sundance gems. We'll be following this release closely as it's one of our favorites, too.
In case you haven't heard yet, Marvel Studios will be co-producing a new Spider-Man franchise for Sony Picutres, and the webslinger will now be part of Marvel's cinematic universe. After Spidey enters the MCU in a forthcoming Marvel Studios film, he'll begin his new franchise with his own film on July 28th, 2017. Some of you may have realized that summer date was the announced release for Thor: Ragnarok when Marvel had their big Phase Three presentation last year, and Marvel has addressed that fact by shifting some of their dates from 2017 onward, beginning with Thor: Ragnarok moving to November 3rd, 2017.
As we've already seen, Universal Pictures is in production on Steve Jobs, the biopic about the titular, late Apple co-founder. Director Danny Boyle has been shooting in California, making use of the real garage where Jobs and partner in technology Steve Wozniak built Apple computers from the ground up, and now Universal has just set a quick release date of October 9th, 2015. That's a little early for awards season buzz, but Gone Girl did the same thing last year and ended up in the Oscar race. Michael Fassbender is playing Jobs while Seth Rogen is playing Wozniak with the script written by Aaron Sorkin. More below!
Briefly: Warner Bros. has set some new holiday release dates according to Box Office Mojo. First up, Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler's Rocky spin-off Creed starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone will arrive pretty quickly with a release date now set for a prime Thanksgiving weekend release on November 25th this fall. In addition, the studio has set another nostalgic project, the reboot of Point Break from director Ericson Core, for a Christmas Day release instead of the previous summer debut. Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey star in the remake no one wanted, but we're getting anyway.
Almost a couple years ago, back in the spring of 2013, before Star Wars: The Force Awakens even had a title and the film was still slated rumored for a summer release in 2015, Disney revealed at CinemaCon that they were planning on releasing a new Star Wars film each year, alternating between episodes in the new trilogy and standalone films in between them. Now here we are in 2015, and Star Wars: Episode VII isn't arriving until December 18th this year, followed next year by the first standalone film (which is starting to find a cast already) from director Gareth Edwards. Now we have further confirmation for future plans.
If you've been anxiously awaiting some new/old horror from Paramount Pictures, you'll be waiting a little bit longer. Today the studio shifted around some release dates for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and the gestating reboot of Friday the 13th. The sixth film in the found footage horror franchise was slated to arrive in March, but now it's been pushed back into Halloween territory on October 23rd this fall. As for Friday the 13th, the movie will now miss this year's 35th anniversary since it's been pushed to May 13th, 2016. Thankfully that's also Friday the 13th, so it won't lose the novelty release date.
After originally being set for release on Christmas Day this year, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have just announced that Mission: Impossible 5 will arrive in theaters five months earlier. The studio has set a new release date of July 31st, 2015 (while also pushing back their Monster Trucks movie from this summer to the December 25th slot instead). The film directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is still in production, so this is surprising. I can't remember a movie getting bumped up so far, but maybe they were worried about Star Wars: The Force Awakens the week before.
After being originally slated for release this summer, Sacha Baron Cohen's spy and soccer hooligan comedy Grimsby has been pushed back seven months and won't arrive until February 26th, 2016. We're not sure what the hold up is, especially since the film was shooting last summer (get a first look here), but maybe test screenings aren't working out so they're going to reshoot some stuff. It's much easier to do that kind of thing with a comedy than a blockbuster. Or maybe it's just not a good summer release. That's really just speculation on our part, but now we know why we hadn't seen any official photos from the film yet.
If you were excited about seeing Ron Howard's next film, the nautical thriller In the Heart of the Sea, you'll have to wait a bit longer. In fact, you'll have to wait about nine months as THR reports Warner Bros. has pushed back the Chris Hemsworth film to an awards season release on December 11th. The film always felt like the kind of release we would see in awards season, so it's not entirely surprising, but it's a risky move since it opens just one week before Star Wars: The Force Awakens tears into theaters. But if you're still looking for a movie to see on the old release date, the studio has bumped up another release.
Last week, when 20th Century Fox revealed plans to release both Michael Fassbender's Assassin's Creed and Hugh Jackman's The Greatest Show on Earth in December of 2016, we wondered if that meant that James Cameron's long-gestating Avatar 2 would be pushed back. Now official word has come from The Associated Press (via Yahoo) from James Cameron himself that the first of three sequels will be pushed back an entire year to arrive late in 2017 (likely in December as the previous one was scheduled). The reason for the delay seems to be that additional work is needed on the script before production begins. More below!
Towards the end of December last year, we learned Warner Bros. Pictures had moved back their gestating Jungle Book: Origins back to 2017, and now Walt Disney Pictures is making some changes to their schedule today and it involves pushing back their new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book as well. Today, the studio announced that Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book will move back to April 15th, 2016, and its old October 9th, 2015 date will now go to their Coast Guard drama The Finest Hours with Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. But that's now all the studio has revealed for their forthcoming calendar. More below!
For the past two years, we've seen The Purge and The Purge: Anarchy, but this year we'll get a break from the annual night when all crime is legal. Though last fall brought news that The Purge 3 was definitely going to happen with James DeMonaco writing and directing again, Ben Fritz of The Wall Street Journal posted news on Twitter that the sequel wouldn't arrive until July 1st, 2016. That's the best release date the franchise has received so far. The first film debuted on June 7th, 2013 and the second got a later summer release on July 18th, 2014. But that Independence Day weekend should prove to be a big one for The Purge.
Briefly: Just last night, 20th Century Fox pushed back their release of the sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from July 29th, 2016 all the way back to the next summer on July 14th, 2017. And now Universal Pictures is taking advantage of the schedule shift, and they've moved their release of the Untitled Next Bourne Chapter, which brings back Matt Damon as Jason Bourne and Paul Greengrass as director, from July 15th 2016 to two weeks later on July 29th, 2016. The only other film in that slot is a yet to be cast Fox comedy called Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, so Bourne is in the clear. In addition, Damon and Greengrass will write the script with editor Christopher Rouse, with no trace of Tony Gilroy now.
It's seems like 20th Century Fox is perpetually going to mess with the dates for Assassin's Creed and the reboot of Fantastic Four (and its sequel). Last fall, the studio moved the first installment of the comic book adaptation to later in the summer on August 7th, 2015 after being set for a June 16th, 2015. And after dating Fantastic Four 2 for July 14th, 2017, they've actually decided to move the sequel up to June 2nd, 2017. But that's because the sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will arrive on the July date instead. And for those waiting for the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, keep reading.