Monday, 18 November 2013

20th Century Fox announce release dates for 2015

Summer 2015 just got even bigger as those with pencils and erasers have been making some diary changes over at 20th Century Fox, affecting the release schedules for Josh Trank's (Chronicle) Fantastic Four reboot, Matthew Vaughn's (X-Men: First Class) The Secret Service and video game adaptation Assassin's Creed. The upshot of which means even more releases in the already extraordinary summer of 2015.

The Secret Service is Vaughn's spy yarn starring Colin Firth and Taron Egerton, based on the comic by Mark Millar and Watchmen illustrator Dave Gibbons. It was originally scheduled for November next year, but has now been earmarked for 6 March 2015.

That has created a knock-on effect, since The Secret Service now occupies the slot previously set for the revived Fantastic Four, which will now hit on 19 June (going up against Pixar's Inside Out based on current schedules). Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, which was due on 19 June, has swan dived onto the straw cart of 7 August. Fox have also placed Paul Feig's (Bad Teacher) Susan Cooper, starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham, on 22 May (the same day as Brad Bird's Tomorrowland).

Let's not forget, 2015 is also the year that includes Superman/Batman, Star Wars: Episode VII, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Jurassic World, Ant Man, Neill Blomkamp's (District 9) Chappie, World Of Warcraft, Kenneth Branagh's (Thor) Cinderella, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, and possibly a fifth Terminator and Legend Of Conan. Oh, and Bond 24.

What we shouldn't expect to see that year, however, is Roland Emmerich's long-mooted Independence Day sequel. Fox have pushed that one to a projected release date of 1 July 2016, sensibly marking the twentieth anniversary of the original.

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