While not as newsworthy as Warner Bros.’ recent release date bomb, 20th Century Fox has made a couple of release date alterations of its own, one of which is a little last-minute. X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the Mark Millar graphic novel Kingsman: The Secret Service had been scheduled to debut this October, but now Fox has decided to push the film to February 13, 2015, where it will square off directly against the sure-to-be box office hit Fifty Shades of Grey. The pic is a twist on the spy genre, as Colin Firth plays a veteran agent of the secretive Kingsman who is tasked with training a young prospect, played by Taron Egerton. I saw some extended footage at Comic-Con that looked great, though one scene did look considerably unfinished. Perhaps Vaughn is running behind in the post-production process, or maybe Fox feels bullish on the property and thinks it could be solid counter-programming against Fifty Shades. Whatever the case, I’m still very much looking forward to seeing the pic, even if I do have to wait four additional months.
Hit the jump for release date news concerning the Poltergeist remake.
Additionally, Fox’s remake of the supernatural thriller Poltergeist has been pushed back from February 13, 2015 to July 24, 2015. Summer is traditionally devoid of horror films, but the massive success of The Conjuring last year may have kicked off a new trend. Screen Gems tried to mimic that film’s release with this year’s Deliver Us from Evil, but that supernatural horror pic bombed over the Fourth of July weekend.
We still know next to nothing about the new Poltergeist film, other than the fact that Sam Raimi is listed as a producer and Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt lead the cast. Now that the film’s release has been moved to just under a year away, it may be a while before we see the first footage—or even image—from director Gil Kenan’s (Monster House) redo. Hopefully it will have been worth the wait.