Fox have updated five major films with new release dates, and we have all the details you need right here. Some of the news is good news, while some is slightly disappointing, so let’s get started shall we.
First some good news! Box Office Mojo has stated that Independence Day 2 is now slated for release on July 3rd, 2015. The mega sequel will join an already packed 2015 which includes The Avengers 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Hunger Games: Mockingjacy Part 2, Star War: Episode VII and Jurassic Park 4.
Director Roland Emmerich recently spoke of his plans for two sequels to Independence Day, which had been using the titles ID Forever Part 1 and Part 2 (it has not been confirmed these will be the titles). He said the sequels will take place 20-25 years after the first film:
”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back, and they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”
Now, while we know that the big star of the first film, Will Smith, is unlikely to return, Emmerich does confirm that Bill Pullman (who played the President in the original) will be back. Emmerich also spoke of plans for new characters:
While there may be some familiar faces in the sequels — Bill Pullman has already confirmed that he is onboard; Will Smith has not — their storylines will focus on a new generation of human heroes, including the stepson of Will Smith’s Independence Daycharacter (played in that film by Ross Bagley). “It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” says Emmerich, who promises that the first sequel will have a cliffhanger ending to keep audiences coming back for more. “The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens].”
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Continuing with the good news is that Bryan Singers X-Men: Days of Future Past is well ahead on schedule, and things are moving so quickly that Fox have bumped up the release date for the film from July 18th 2014 to May 23rd 2014.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is being written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn and will see the newly formed titular team working to prevent an alternate future where mutants are hunted by giant machines called The Sentinels.
It follows the 1980s’ comic storyline written by Chris Claremont that alternates between a present day battle against the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline where an assassination of a government official has led to Sentinels roaming the land and mutants held prisoner in internment camps.
The cast for X-Men: Days of Future Past includes: Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing and Booboo Stewart.
However, the change in release date for X-Men has meant another film has been pushed back…
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Sadly Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been pushed back from May 23rd to July 18th 2014, so Dawn and X-Men have technically swapped places. What is interesting here is that Rupert Wyatt said he could not return to direct a sequel to his astonishing Rise of the Planet of the Apes, because to make a good sequel he felt Fox were not giving enough time. Funny how the film has now already been pushed back to give Reeves more time to make it.
Andy Serkis, celebrated for his performance in the last film, reprises his role as Caesar. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter franchise), Keri Russell (“The Americans,” Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line), and Judy Greer (The Descendants, Three Kings, 13 Going on 30) also star.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In). The producers are Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion), Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Tom Hammel (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is executive producing.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
The Tim Burton produced adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children has been given a release date of July 31st 2015, and a title change. The adaptation will now be called Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiars. Jane Goldman is writing the script, but no director has been named.
Synopsis for the book:
“It involves Jacob, a 16-year-old whose childhood was filled with stories his grandfather told him about an orphanage for unusual children. Among the residents: a girl who could hold fire in her hands, another whose feet never touched the ground, and twins who communicated without speaking. When his beloved grandfather dies unexpectedly but leaves a message behind for his grandson, the teen heads off to his grandfather’s home on an isolated island off Wales. There he discovers the abandoned remains of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It is in great disrepair and as Jacob explores its bedrooms and hallways, he can see the children were more than peculiar, they might have been there because they were dangerous. And he can’t shake the feeling they are still lurking around.“
And finally, the Michael Fassbender starring adaptation of the game Assassins Creed, has been pushed back. Originally slated for release on May 22nd 2015, the film will now arrive on June 19th 2015.