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Is there anyone out there who actually thought that 20th Century Fox’s The Fantastic Four reboot would stick to its March 6, 2015 release date? Granted, this Marvel movie won’t have the box office muscle that the Disney-produced films have going for them, but there’s no way Fox would be naive enough to keep this tentpole flick out of the summer running. So it’s no surprise the studio has shaken its upcoming schedule up, slotting Fantastic Four in the much more lucrative June 19, 2015 spot, where it can ravage summer moviegoers who just can’t get enough 3D, IMAX, Smellovision and whatever other magical pleasures the future has in store.
Fox apparently shifted the not-yet-in-production Assassin’s Creed with Michael Fassbender, another highly anticipated big budget flick, out of the June spot and back to August 7, 2015, still in prime release real estate all things considered.
It isn’t clearly stated why Fox didn’t just allow Fantastic Four to take the August date, but it’s already such a bustling franchise-heavy summer already, they probably figured it was far enough after Avengers: Age of Ultron for a superhero movie to shine again, with a solid month in theaters before Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman vs. Predator vs. Kramer takes theaters hostage on July 17, 2015.
Currently, the only other film slated for a June 19 release is Pixar’s Inside Out, which will take viewers through the emotional mind of an 11-year-old girl. No doubt that film is going to rake in the dough as well, with children as the primary (but by no means only) audience. Would you guys rather see the inner workings of a preteen’s brain or the invisible innards of a superhero? Unless FF really impresses me once the marketing campaign rolls around, I’m currently opting for Pixar.
But then what does it matter if Disney and Pixar end up shifting Inside Out a few weeks up or back? I think it’s tiresome how often studios change up the releases for their bigger projects, and it’s causing a lot of chatter that could be muted if they would revert back to revealing release dates less than 2 years in advance. Wait, you’re saying they actually like people talking about the ins and outs of their movie even though all that exists of it is a script and a digital folder full of casting rumors? Well played.
Most of what we actually do know about the film is limited to Chronicle’s Josh Trank directing a script written by Jeremy Slater, Seth Grahame-Smith, Zack Stenz and Ashley Miller. And that Miles Teller is officially in the running for Mr. Fantastic, while Michael B. Jordan is unofficially in the running for Johnny Storm. My opinion on these actors aside, I don’t think it could get any worse than what we sat through the first go around…