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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.
After being officially attached to the X-Men spin-off focusing on the card-throwing, kinetically charged Cajun mutant Gambit, hot star Channing Tatum has revealed that 20th Century Fox has officially dated the film for release. Tatum took to Twitter with an amusing update that said, "How do you say October 7, 2016 in Cajun?” This comes after we learned on Halloween that RoboCop reboot write Josh Zetumer was hired to script the mutant spin-off film, which has us a little concerned. But the good news is that it's based on a treatment written by character creator Chris Claremeont, so we're hoping for the best. More below!
There were rumblings just before 2015 rolled in that the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling, the Cannes selected film Lost River, would not get a theatrical release. However, THR reports that the film will get a limited release on the big screen after all, on the same day of the primary release on VOD. However, if you want to see the film in theaters, you need to live in New York City or Los Angeles. The film didn't really get much buzz after premiering at Cannes last year, but surely many are interested to see what Gosling does behind the camera with Christina Hendricks, Matt Smith, Iain De Caestecker and more in the cast.
"America, fuck yeah!" After Sony Pictures made the decision last week to pull Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's latest comedy The Interview from its forthcoming Christmas Day release in theaters, they've decided to send the film out after all. The Wrap reports that Sony is distributing the film in participating theaters as well as VOD on Christmas Day, despite the threats dished out by Guardians of Peace. This comes just after the Art House Convergence, a national coalition of independent movie theaters, petitioned to ask Sony to let them release The Interview for America to see. We're just glad the film is getting released.
Briefly: Paramount has confirmed via Deadline that the next Star Trek sequel will be hitting theaters in July 2016. Yesterday it was revealed that Fast Five / Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin had scored the job of directing the highly anticipated sequel after Roberto Orci stepped down. For weeks there were rumors that Jonathan Frakes (aka Commander Riker) might also be in consideration, but they went with Justin Lin instead. Now that he's on-board and ready to direct, they can confirm and announce the release date - July 8th, 2016, a week before The Bourne Betrayal and a week after David Yates' Tarzan is released. Additional details have yet to be confirmed, but it sounds like they're anxious to get this going. "Sulu, let's go home."
After Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con audiences with the announcement of a new King Kong prequel called Skull Island, the studio hired Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to get behind the camera and Thor and The Avengers villain Tom Hiddleston to lead the film. The project was announced with a November 4th, 2016 release date, but now Legendary has just revealed that the film has been pushed back to March 10th, 2017. Written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), the film is now called Kong: Skull Island and focuses on the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.
Hot on the heels of the official reveal of a character named Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the sci-fi saga has scared another Po away into 2016. Dreamworks Animation has decided to bump back the release of Kung Fu Panda 3 from December 23rd, 2015 back a few months to March 18th, 2016 That's actually the release date the studio originally set back in 2012, and they ended up recently giving to Boss Baby, which THR says will now be moved back as well). It's not clear if the might of Star Wars: Episode VII has caused the move, or if the trouble DreamWorks Animation has been having (they just delayed B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations as well) is to blame. But that's not the only delay. More below!