THE HUNTSMAN Prequel Set For April 2016, THE MUMMY Moves to June

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I never saw Snow White and the Huntsman, it just didn’t seem like my thing.  Which makes it kind of hard for me to be interested in a followup or spin-off aside from the fact that one of my favorite directors, Frank Darabont, will be helming it (he also did the newest draft of the script).  But it’s coming anyway, and now we get the news that this new film, called The Huntsman, is actually a prequel (which makes more sense).  And yes, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will be returning (although Kristen Stewart won’t).  The new film hits on April 22nd, 2016.

Yesterday we also got the news that Alex Kurtzman would be directing The Mummy reboot, part of a larger cinematic universe for Universal.  That film has now moved to get out of The Huntsman‘s way and will come out on June 24th, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on The Huntsman release date and what lays ahead in the film.

SINISTER 2 Will Haunt Theaters on August 21st, 2015

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Sinister 2 is just over a year away.  Focus Features announced today that the horror sequel will land in wide release on August 21st, 2015.  While original director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil)  isn’t returning behind the camera, he did team with C. Robert Cargill (who also worked on the original film) to pen the script and will of course produce the movie alongside Jason Blum.  If you saw Sinister you can probably guess why there aren’t any announcements about Ethan Hawke coming back.

I really liked the first film’s use of imagery and I think the general mood of the piece was its most successful element.  So I’m glad that they’re entrusting the reins on this on to Ciaran Foy, who directed the excellent Citadel (seriously, seek that one out if you haven’t seen it already).  Hit the jump for more on the Sinister 2 release date.

Marvel Announces May 3rd, 2018 Movie; Could This Be AVENGERS 3?

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Last week Marvel announced 5 Untitled Movies with release dates stretching all the way up until May of 2019.  At the time, I guessed that the one bearing the date of May 3rd, 2019 would be Avengers 3 since that franchise’s signature early May release date was missing from the 2018 slate and 2017 seemed just a bit too soon to get everyone together again.

I’m doing away with that theory at this point because Marvel just announced yet another film for May 4th, 2018.  That first week of May is Avengers territory and 2018 is one whole year sooner that the studio gets to trot out their most valuable IP.  It makes sense that they want as few gaps between these things as possible.  So now I’m going to guess that  Avengers 3 hits on May 4th, 2018.  Hit the jump for more on this potential Avengers 3 release date.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 Has a New Release Date; July 7th 2017

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About a year ago Disney pulled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales from the 2015 release calendar so that Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg would have more time to work on Jeff Nathanson’s script, which they apparently wanted to tweak.  A wise move considering how On Stranger Tides turned out (even if its international box office was higher than its predecessors).

But now we have an official new release date for the film.  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (apparently that’s still the official title) will now arrive on July 7th, 2017.  Hit the jump for more on the new Pirates of the Caribbean 5 release date.

JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed until February 6, 2015

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In a bit of strange release date news, Warner Bros. has pushed the Wachowski Siblings’ sci-fi adventure epic Jupiter Ascending from its planned July 18, 2014 release date back to February 6, 2015.  The summer weekend only had Planes: Fire & Rescue, The Purge: Anarchy, Sex Tape, and Wish I Was Here slated as its opening weekend competition.  The early 2015 spot, oddly enough, has the Johnny Depp-starring action-comedy Mortdecai, the Liam Neeson actioner Run All Night, and the fantasy film Seventh Son already set to open that weekend.  One could argue that the new release date is actually more competitive than the current one, so why the move?  Hit the jump for more.

SAUSAGE PARTY RSVPs for June 3, 2016; THE GOOD LIE Delays until October 3rd; Sony Pictures Classics Sets MR. TURNER Opening for December 19th

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Here are the latest release date adjustments for the following films:

  • Sausage Party – An R-rated comedy written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan is set to open June 3, 2016.
  • The Good LiePhilippe Falardeau directs Reese Witherspoon in this drama about Sudanese refugees relocating to the United States.  The Warner Bros. picture moves back to October 3, 2014.
  • Mr. TurnerMike Leigh’s biopic of British painter J.M.W. Turner, starring Timothy Spall in the title role, opens December 19, 2014 for Sony Pictures Classics.

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BEVERLY HILLS COP 4 to Open March 25, 2016

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Paramount announced today that they’ve set the Beverly Hills Cop 4 release date for March 25, 2016.  While Detective Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) will be in the title setting for a portion of the film, he’ll be returning to his roots in “America’s Toughest City,” Detroit.  Brett Ratner is set to direct the movie with Jerry Bruckheimer producing; Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec are writing the screenplay. Hit the jump for more on Beverly Hills Cop 4.

LONDON HAS FALLEN to Open October 2nd, 2015; Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart Return

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Gerard Butler is set to save the world again, this time while based in a foreign country.  After saving the President of the U.S.A. (Aaron Eckhart) in Olympus Has Fallen, the sequel London Has Fallen will reunite Butler’s Mike Banning with Eckhart’s head of state, Benjamin Asher.  The newly revealed synopsis sees the Americans and other foreign dignitaries in London to attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister (who apparently doesn’t even get the opportunity to survive terrorists).  When a new plot to assassinate the world leaders crops up, only Banning, Asher, and an MI-6 agent can put a stop to it.

Focus Features will release London Has Fallen on October 2, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

JANE GOT A GUN Release Date Gets Pushed Again, Plus New Dates for MONKEY KINGDOM, THEORY OF EVERYTHING, and NOVEMBER MAN

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Here’s a look at the latest release date schedule for the following films:

  • Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun release date has been pushed again, this time from its August 29th slot to a later date to be announced in due time.  The film stars Natalie Portman, Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor, and Joel Edgerton.
  • Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom will debut on Earth Day, April 17, 2015. Watch the new teaser trailer here.
  • Focus Features will release James Marsh’s Theory of Everything on November 7th, with the Stephen Hawking biopic expanding on November 14th and 21st.  Eddie Redmayne stars as Hawking opposite Felicity Jones.
  • November Man, Roger Donaldson’s spy movie starring Pierce Brosnan, will open in the U.S. on August 27th. Olga Kurylenko and Luke Bracey also star.

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WELCOME TO YESTERDAY Gets an Indefinite Delay

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The Michael Bay-produced sci-fi thriller Welcome to Yesterday (previously titled Almanac) was set to open in just a few weeks, but will now be postponed indefinitely.  Directed by Dean Israelite, written by first-time writers Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan, and starring Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-D’Elia, the film centers on a group of teens who construct a working time machine and are faced with unexpected complications.  It was planned to debut in theaters on February 28th, but Paramount is now looking towards a release date this summer or fall.  Hit the jump to find out why.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Coming May 27, 2016

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While you were distracted by a certain web-slinger dropping a new trailer this morning, another X-Men movie was creeping up on you all along.  Director Bryan Singer tweeted earlier today that X-Men: Apocalypse would be coming, with a follow-up tweet from another account saying that the X-Men: Days of Future Past sequel would be opening on May 27, 2016.  That’s all the details we have at the moment, but there is so much possibility in that one word.  Hit the jump for more.

New Release Dates from Universal/Legendary Pictures Include WARCRAFT, SEVENTH SON and THE MUMMY, Plus Warner Bros. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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Check out the latest update to the release date schedule:

  • Legendary Pictures’ Untitled Michael Mann Project will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, January 16, 2015.
  • Universal Pictures will release The Boy Next Door on Friday, January 23, 2015.
  • Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on Friday, February 6, 2015.
  • Legendary Pictures’ Warcraft, released in 3D by Universal Pictures, will move from December 18, 2015 (which is currently occupied by a little film called Star Wars: Episode VII), to March 11, 2016.
  • Universal Pictures will release The Mummy on Friday, April 22, 2016.
  • Also, Warner Bros.’ This Is Where I Leave You will now open September 12, 2014.

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FRIDAY THE 13TH Reboot Set for March 13, 2015; Paramount Launches the Franchise’s 13th Installment

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If that headline has you wondering, “Wait, didn’t they just reboot the Friday the 13th franchise four years ago?”, you’re not crazy.  In a property swap between Paramount and Warner Bros. earlier this year, the former studio picked up the full rights to the horror franchise in exchange for WB getting in on Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi pic, Interstellar.  As Matt correctly prognosticated in his write-up, Paramount moved relatively quickly in launching another installment of Friday the 13th, which will be the thirteenth film in the series and will open on March 13, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES to Open Two Days Earlier on Wednesday, December 18th

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Your first holiday wish has been granted!  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will now open wide two days earlier on Wednesday, December 18th.  The comedy sequel should own the week leading up to Christmas unless previously released films The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Saving Mr. Banks or Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas make strong second showings.

Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD to Open May 15, 2015

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The fourth installment of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, is now officially set to open on May 15, 2015.  That’s almost exactly 30 years since the last film, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, graced the screens.  (Feel old yet?)  Franchise director George Miller returns for this iteration, which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky, along with Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Mel Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, and Riley Keough.  No plot details are available at this time and there’s no official statement as to the release date push back just yet.

Summer 2015 is looking to be one of the biggest ever.  This release date is otherwise unoccupied, but is just two week’s after Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a week before Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland and Paul Feig’s Susan Cooper.

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