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One of the key reasons why James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy has been able to do so well at the box office is because of the sheer lack of competition that existed in movie theaters this past August. Sure, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles put up a formidable fight in the Marvel movie's second week, but after that point a first, second or maybe even a third screening of the film was seen as preferable for audiences over whatever new stuff was coming out. Now it looks like 20th Century Fox could possibly be trying to pull a similar move in summer 2015 with the release of Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four.
Paired with the news that Deadpool actually now has a release date (finally!), Fox has announced that they have taken the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed off of their release calendar and have given its August 7, 2015 release date to The Fantastic Four reboot. Originally the movie was going to be released on June 19th - the heart of blockbuster season - and in addition to facing off against Pixar's Inside Out it would have had movies like Ted 2, Terminator:Genisys, Minions, and Ant-Man to compete with in its second, third, fourth and fifth weeks in release. Now that murderer's row has been replaced by less-buzzed about movies like The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Straight Outta Compton, and Sinister 2.
The more negative side of this story comes out when you consider The Fantastic Four's unfortunately long history of release date changes. In 2012 the project was penciled in to come out on March 6, 2015, but behind-the-scenes action would up moving too slow to make that happen. As a result, late last year we learned that the project had been shifted to June 19, 2015. I suppose that at the very least Fox is willing to give The Fantastic Four as much time as it needs to become the blockbuster that they want.
Set to be Josh Trank's follow up to the low-budget thriller Chronicle, The Fantastic Four reboot is now in post-production, having wrapped production this past summer. Playing the leads in the movie will be Miles Teller as Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic; Kate Mara as Sue Storm a.k.a. The Invisible Woman; Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch; and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing. Toby Kebbell will be starring as Dr. Doom, the central antagonist, and the rest of the supporting cast includes Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder (the character that will eventually become Mole Man) and Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm, Sue and Johnny's dad.
Now that The Fantastic Four has been delayed until next August, it's possible that it will be even longer until we actually see anything official from it. Still, we're holding out hope for a still or a clip or something soon, so stay tuned.