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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!
Briefly: After debuting the first trailer for Joe Wright's new take on a classic fantasy with Pan, it looks like Warner Bros. Studios has decided to give the adventure starring Hugh Jackman a better chance at the box office by opening on July 24th, 2015. This way it no longer has to go up against Marvel's forthcoming Ant-Man the previous weekend. While the comic book film may be the shakiest endeavor out of all of Marvel's big screen adaptations yet, it still has the comic book studio's bump to get butts in the seats that weekend. Now Pan will open up against Adam Sandler's video game action comedy Pixels, the remake of Poltergeist from Fox and Judd Apatow's comedy Trainwreck. Stay tuned for more updates down the road.
Briefly: Initially, Paramount Pictures was planning to give Rupert Wyatt's remake of The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg a limited release on December 19th to qualify for awards season with a wider release to follow sometime theater. But now Deadline reports the studio will release on Christmas Day instead, and they'll actually give the film a wide release on that day now. The film joins a crowded holiday calendar that week with wide releases like Disney's musical Into the Woods, Universal's period drama Unbroken and Sony's comedy The Interview, not to mention limited releases like Tim Burton's Big Eyes, Clint Eastwood's American Sniper and civil rights drama Selma. See the trailer for The Gambler over here.
The trouble for Relativity and The The Weinstein Company's indie western Jane Got a Gun doesn't seem to end. Director Lynne Ramsay left the film just before production started and actors like Michael Fassbender and Jude Law went with her. Now the film is directed by Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor and stars Joel Edgerton, Natalie Portman (who is also producing), Ewan McGregor and more, but the film's release has been pushed back again. Initially set for release this past August, the film was delayed to February 20th, 2015, but Variety reports it's been pushed back six more months to September 4th, 2015.
Back in the spring, you might remember hearing a bit about M. Night Shyamlan's next project, which at the time was called Sundowning. However, since then, the filmmaker has been quietly working on the project with no indication of when we might finally see the movie. But that changes today as Universal Pictures has announced that they will release the film, now titled The Visit, next fall on September 11th, 2015. The film was originally named as "Untitled Blumhouse Horror 1" and slated for September 25th, but the project produced by Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring) will arrive two weeks earlier.
Though the horror franchises for The Conjuring and Insidious find themselves at Warner Bros. Pictures and Focus Features respectively, they still share producers in Blumhouse Productions and James Wan, who also directed the original films in each franchise. Now both horror sequels have new release dates. First, as we recently heard, Warner Bros. was able to coax James Wan into directing The Conjuring 2 again, which means the film wasn't going to meet the 2015 release date and would arrive sometime in 2016. Now, according to Box Office Mojo, the film has been set for release on June 10th, 2016. More below!
Hoping to continue their hot streak following hits like Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and now Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation has just set release dates for their forthcoming new projects Zootopia and Moana. The former project was revealed at D23 late last summer, while the latter was just revealed last month, and now both of them will be arriving in 2016. Disney has just announced that Zootopia will get a spring release on March 4th, 2016 while Moana will arrive in the fall on November 23rd, 2016. If you haven't heard anything about these projects, keep reading to see concept art and read the official synopses.
Some news for fans of Russell Crowe, as the actor's directorial debut has finally secured US distribution from Warner Bros. The movie studio has announced (via Crowe himself) that they will be releasing The Water Diviner, directed by and starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe, in April of 2015 after its initial debut in Australia later this year. The film tells the story of an Australian man who travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. We've already featured one official trailer as well as an early featurette for this film, but expect to see more marketing closer to release. Curious to see it.