After getting a release date last week for the new Star Wars movie, the 2015 movie season is starting to take shape. 2015 (aka Year of the Movie, aka Year of the Blockbuster, aka Year of the Broke Geek) is just chock-full-a movie hits and Fox will have it’s fair share of cash coming in. Two of their bigger titles that were previously announced, The Fantastic Four (a reboot not a sequel…thank God) and Assassin’s Creed, have shuffled their releases a little bit.
The Fantastic Four, being a staple of the Marvel comic universe for decades, has had a sordid past (at best) on both the small and big screens. The original Fantastic Four, yielding a respectable $155mil, was a hot mess garnering a meager 40% on Metacritic. Meanwhile, one of the worst comic book movies of all time (and almost wrecking future comic book movies for good) The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was…well, it was just awful. It did gain $132mil at the box office, but getting just a 45% on Metacritic does not a franchise make. Well, even though the previous FF movies were garbage (Doctor Doom had a super-powered skin rash? Come on!), a franchise of that size will still get a ton of cash, even in the overly saturated movie market that is the summer of 2015; with this in mind, Fox has moved the date of the rebooted Fantastic Four movie to June 19th…a much more desirable date than the previous March 6th affair. With the proposed pre-casting and various rumors, I’m still not sold on this title…yet. This movie is now going up against a Disney Pixar flick called Inside Out which will take viewers through the mind of an 11 year old girl as well as get people to the theaters in droves. We’ll see how the FF return will work out.
In other news, the new Assassin’s Creed movie franchise will kick off on the newly announced August 7th. Previously, Assassin’s Creed, starring one Michael Fassbender, had the June 19th slot, but with the date change for Fantastic Four Fox felt it wise to give some more development time to the new movie franchise while grabbing the last of the summer movie moola. Not much is know about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie, but I am excited to see what Fox and Ubisoft can do with this juggernaut gaming franchise. We’ll keep you posted on any new information.