At the beginning of the year, it’s only natural to start re-evaluating where you are and where you’re going, and to start making plans to change course and get to that new place. We call them New Year’s Resolutions, and a great many of us make them every January 1. Should we expect movie studios to be so different? In the game of “Musical Chairs” that is the major studio release schedule, we’ve got some old favorites making some new moves. 20th Century Fox has announced several big moves for major releases over the next couple of years, included among them are a couple of comic book franchises, a video game movie, and a continuation of a major science fiction series.
The big news is that Assassin’s Creed has been pushed back another year. Based on the popular video game series, the movie, which is to be directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) and starring Michael Fassbender, Assassin’s Creed will now come out on December 21, 2016 according to The Wrap.
But as Assassin’s Creed gets pushed back, other movies are getting pushed up. Matt Reeves‘ sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 14, 2017, just about a month after the new release date for Fantastic Four 2 on June 2, 2017. Yes, Fox still looks like its going to push on with its new-FF film series in the wake of a lot of doubt and criticism. It could be said that this is an encouraging sign, but since not a single frame of footage from the film has been shown, it’s hard to judge whether Fantastic Four is worthy of such faith.
In further comic book movie development, Fox confirmed a release date for the Gambit solo movie starring Channing Tatum, it will hit theaters on October 7, 2016. Next year is going to be a very busy one for mutant movies with Deadpool (February 2016), X-Men: Apocalypse (May 2016) and now Gambit all coming out in 2016.
Other movies getting new release dates include The Greatest Showman on Earth, a bio-pic starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, which will be out on Christmas Day 2016; a comedy called Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, which will be in theaters on July 29, 2016; and a romantic movie starring Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike called The Mountain Between Us, which will be in theaters in time for Valentine’s Day on February 10, 2017.
Of course, this being Hollywood assume all plans are soft till you start being bombarded with TV commercials and merchandise. For example, this is the fourth time that the release date for the Assassin Creed movie has been moved, so don’t etch it in stone yet. We’ll have more news as it develops.