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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) and star Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) have set a dubious task for themselves: to reclaim the box office from Star Wars: Episode VII when their upcoming film Mission: Impossible 5 opens a week later. Paramount has set a release date of Christmas Day, 2015 for the spy thriller. Cruise will return to the fifth installment of the series to play Ethan Hunt; Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg are rumored to return but no official announcements have been made. Scripted by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), Mission: Impossible 5 reunites the director/star team-up of McQuarrie and Cruise from the surprise worldwide hit, Jack Reacher. Hit the jump for more.
This Tuesday has been renamed “Release Date Tuesday” since release dates for Hercules: The Legend Begins, the Fantastic Four reboot, the Assassin’s Creed adaptation, Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service, Susan Cooper and an untitled Vince Vaughn movie were all announced today. Add another big one to the list as 20th Century Fox pushed back Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel from July 3, 2015 to to July 1, 2016. For those of you who are old enough to remember the original, that’s almost 20 years to the day from its July 3, 1996 release. Coincidentally (or perhaps not), the sequel’s plot also takes place two decades after the events of the first film. Hit the jump for more.
The great thing about the current state of social media is just how fast and readily available information has become. So, for projects that are highly anticipated and equally highly guarded – like, say Star Wars: Episode VII, for example – we’ll take info where we can get it. Today’s unconfirmed rumors on the new Star Wars installment from director J.J. Abrams include evidence in support of a late 2015 release date, along with a casting call sheet that describes two of the film’s lead roles. Hit the jump for more.
It looks like George Clooney’s The Monuments Men won’t be opening this year, meaning it also won’t be in the running for the upcoming Academy Awards. The film was originally slated to open December 18th, but has been bumped to early 2014. The reason? Clooney states that the visual effects work on the World War II-era drama needs more time. Check out the film’s trailer to get acquainted.
The Monuments Men also stars Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray. Hit the jump for more.
When a film of a certain pedigree is scheduled for release anytime after October, we peg it as an Oscar hopeful. Disney is explicit about it with The Wind Rises. Disney scheduled to show the latest Hayao Miyazaki feature in Japanese with English subtitles November 8-14 in New York and Los Angeles for “Academy Award qualification engagements.” The limited release comes three months later on February 21, 2014 before expanding wide (and presumably dubbed in English) on February 28.
Miyazaki has been successful at the Oscars since the turn of the century. Spirited Away won Best Animated Feature in 2003 and Howl’s Moving Castle was nominated in 2006. Ponyo went unnoticed, but The Wind Rises is Miyazaki’s final film before he retires, so the Disney marketing machine can easily coast on a wave of good feelings for the director to land a nomination. Check out Matt’s review from TIFF and hit the jump for the press release.
If you were to pick a comic book character that would have to go head-to-head with Superman and Batman, would you choose Ant-Man? That’s the decision Marvel landed on as it has moved the Edgar Wright picture from a November 6, 2015 release to a summer release of July 31, 2015. This puts the pint-sized hero smack into the warpath of Batman vs. Superman, opening July 17, 2015. A bold move from Marvel, wouldn’t you say? Perhaps this means we’re also a couple of months closer to some casting news?
This makes four summer films for Disney in 2015 (Ant-Man, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pixar’s Inside Out and Pirates of the Caribbean 5), which makes it even more likely that Star Wars: Episode VII will be moving toward a Christmas 2015 release. It’s also worth noting that the previous release date would have had Ant-Man opening up against James Bond 24, which is not too box-office friendly either. The move doesn’t change how epic 2015 is going to be, but it does add a bit more tension to the summer box office race. (Via Deadline)
Before we can get to the juicy bits of Star Wars news like confirmed casting and plot points, we first have to figure out when they’re going to start filming the damn thing. A few months back, Star Wars: Episode VII producer Bryan Burk told Steve that they were aiming for a January 2014 start date for filming and were still trying to coordinate schedules and get the script to the necessary level for a production start. It looks like things may be a bit more gelled now as a hard date has emerged for the kick-off of production on one of the most-anticipated films in decades. There’s also a bit more evidence leading to a late-2015 release of the film. Hit the jump for more.
When last we reported on the sci-fi flick Interstellar, it was to tell you that Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) would be re-writing brother Jonathan Nolan’s script and was circling the director’s chair. Now, Christopher Nolan has been confirmed as a director, but his partnership with brother Jonathan isn’t the biggest team-up news. In a rare bit of cooperation by major studios, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. will team up to co-produce; Paramount will handle domestic distribution while WB goes international. Legendary Pictures will not be involved, despite having backed The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception. Few plot details are available for the film, but it’s said to “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.” We do know, however, that Interstellar is now slated for a November 7, 2014 release in IMAX. Hit the jump for more.
Check out the new release dates below:
- Hercules – The Brett Ratner-directed fantasy film starring Dwayne Johnson (Snitch) in the title role has been moved up a couple of weeks to July 25, 2014.
- The Best Man Holiday – Director Malcolm D. Lee’s sequel to his 1999 debut The Best Man now has an official title and a new release date of November 15, 2013.
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