This week brought a ton of schedule changes and this is just part of the several films that have been shifted around to different dates in the last few weeks. I will have several posts coming later about movies that have shifted release dates for 2013 but first let's look ahead a little bit. Here are some 2014 films that have changed their release dates recently.
One of the most debated properties in Hollywood at the moment, just got a new release date. Jonathan Liebesman's Ninja Turtles will premiere on June 6, 2014 which is a prime summer date. I was excited for the project but I think that it might be a mess and my excitement has faded. It is currently in a very tough month however, with The Good Dinosaur the week before and Jurassic Park IV the week after along with new installments in the How to Train Your Dragon and Transformers franchise. Paramount and Nick are producing Ninja Turtles and I think that this could end up being a big flop in 2014.
THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN
The biggest release date change for the last week was that of the third film in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. The film was originally set to premiere in a packed July 2014 where it would be going face to face with X-Men: Days of Future Past in addition to Hercules: The Thracian Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy in the following weeks. Warner Bros. has now pushed back the film to a December 17, 2014 date. The competition for that time period is softer with only Tommorrowland and Night at the Museum 3 playing as direct competition. The next installment in The Hobbit trilogy opens December 13, 2013.
HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS
Another big move this week was that of Brett Ratner's Hercules feature. The film stars Dwayne Johnson and was originally set for an August 1 release date, where it would have gone up against Guardians of the Galaxy. Instead, Paramount moved the film forward to a July 25, 2014 release date. That is exciting news in my opinion, as it shows that Paramount has a lot of faith in the mythological epic. The film is sandwiched between X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is slowly becoming one of the most anticipated properties in Hollywood and Guardians of the Galaxy currently, which will be tough to overcome. But I think that Paramount is excited about it and it shows from their release date choice.
The film on this list that I am most excited for is Wally Pfister's Transcendence. If you are unfamiliar with Pfister's work, let me just say that he did the cinematography for The Dark Knight and Inception. Now you know. The plot is being kept heavily under wraps but it is a sci-fi piece and involves a lot of Nolan-esque elements according to people who have read the script. Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany are starring. I am a huge Nolan fan, so this is something that I am really excited about. Transcendence is being produced by Warner Bros. and will be released on April 25, 2014. That date was formerly held by Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse. I think that this is a good spot for Transcendence, as it isn't around a ton of blockbusters.
Now for a film that I think is a very weird idea. The remake of the famed musical Annie will hit theaters on Christmas Day 2014 and will star Quvenshane Wallis. After watching Beasts of the Southern Wild and seeing her performance, I'm a bit more excited for the film than I was when Willow Smith was starring. The film will be produced by Sony and be directed by Will Gluck (Easy A). I really don't have much to say about the film. You've probably seen the original and know the plot, so I can't really describe that. I hope it's good though. The film opens the same day as Night at the Museum 3 and a week after Despicable Me Minions and Tomorrowland.