Earlier this week, Fox released the first trailer for The Martian, Ridley Scott's new sci-fi thriller. The reaction from fans was very strong, and it looks like Fox could have a hit on their hands here. The film was originally set for release on November 25, 2015, but has now moved to October 2, 2015. And I can't decide whether that's a smart move or not. By shifting the film to October, The Martian avoids a jam-packed November, led by Spectre, The Peanuts Movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2, Xmas, The Good Dinosaur and a few other titles that could break out. However, Fox is now moving the film into the equally crowded October slate.
On its current release date, The Martian will face off against Robert Zemeckis' IMAX thriller The Walk, Bradley Cooper's new film Adam Jones, and the limited release of the buzzy crime drama Legend. Throughout the rest of the month, The Martian will face tough opposition from Pan, Bridge of Spies, Steve Jobs and Crimson Peak, among other titles. So while Fox may be avoiding some big blockbusters, they're running into quite a tough slate here. Hopefully everything works out for the film. The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott, stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis, and will now debut on October 2.
To occupy The Martian's empty slot, Fox has moved Victor Frankenstein to the November 25 date. The Frankenstein origin story from Paul McGuigan stars James McAvoy as Dr. Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor. I don't know much about this film beyond what is provided in the IMDb plot synopsis, so this one feels like a wild card to me. However, it is entering a tough month and if it doesn't gain some buzz, I can see Victor Frankenstein moving to next year. Currently, it will hit theaters in the aftermath of Mockingjay and on the same day as Creed, The Good Dinosaur, Xmas and Midnight Special. Tough crowd and it would be easy to see this film get lost in the shuffle.
Finally, Sony has now set a release date for The Equalizer 2, the sequel to last year's Denzel Washington action hit. The film will see the return of Washington, and will now debut on September 29, 2017. Nothing else is known about the film as of now. That's it for today's release date recap, but with such a crowded fall season, I'm sure that some more big news will drop in the near future.
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