Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fox Release Date Shifts: "Secret Service", "Fantastic Four", "Susan Cooper", "Assassin's Creed", "Independence Day 2" shift release dates

What a day in release dates. After Disney's massive shift last week that sent Tomorrowland to May 2015, and Star Wars: Episode VII to December of that year, Fox gets in on the action today with release date shifts for five of their upcoming films. Let's check them out.

First off, we have the postponement of Matthew Vaughn's The Secret Service. The comic book spy film, which was previously set for a November 2014 release date has been pushed back to March 6, 2015, which was when Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot was set for release. Now, The Secret Service will face off against Disney's live-action Cinderella. Not much competition. While I'm disappointed that we'll have to wait longer to see this film, I do believe that this is a smart move by Fox. If The Secret Service had stayed in November it would have faced off against a new Christopher Nolan movie, a Brad Pitt-starred Oscar contender, and the first part of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. That's a lot of competition, and now it seems that The Secret Service has room to breathe.

With The Secret Service taking the spot of Fantastic Four, that reboot has to go somewhere, right? That's right and Fantastic Four has been officially pushed back to June 19, 2015, taking the spot of Assassin's Creed. The reboot, which is set to be directed by Josh Trank, will now face off against Jurassic World and Ted 2 for box office dollars in the month of June 2015. That's pretty stiff competition with a new Terminator film not that far after, so Fox must have some strong confidence in the property. Michael B. Jordan has been rumored to be Johnny Storm, but to my knowledge, nothing is confirmed. However, signs are good, considering that Jordan worked with director Josh Trank on the found-footage superhero flick Chronicle.

And with Fantastic Four moving into Assassin's Creed's spot, that movie has to go somewhere. Apparently, that film is headed to August 7, 2015, where it will only have the second weekend of Marvel's Ant-Man to compete with. This project is intriguing, but the August release date doesn't show a ton of confidence. Michael Fassbender is rumored for the lead role, but there has been no true confirmation. There's no director at this time either, so I can't say that I'm overly excited about the project. But we'll see, maybe Fassbender and co. can break the video game adaptation mold.

Also, Fox is setting a brand new release date for the Melissa McCarthy-starred Susan Cooper, which is a spy spoof from the director of Bridesmaids and The Heat, Paul Feig. The film, which did not previously have a release date, is now set for May 22, 2015. That's a prime Memorial Day spot for the action spoof, which shows confidence from Fox. This actor-director combination has worked in the past, and there's no reason that it can't work again. The only current competition for Susan Cooper is Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, which shouldn't hurt the film too much.

And finally, we have new news on Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2. The sci-fi sequel, which may or may not star Will Smith was just pushed back to July 1, 2016 by Fox. Smart move. The film had a ton of competition, and the franchise is very old. In fact, the original will have its 20th anniversary when the sequel is released. I can't say that I'm very excited about this film at this point. What a day in release date shifts. I'm sure we'll see more in the future.

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