Now that 20th Century Fox has broken Hollywood records and grossed an astounding $5.5 billion in 2014, the studio has set their plans in motion for upcoming releases. A slew of new release dates for upcoming films have been announced, including tentpoles Gambit, Assassin’s Creed, Planet of the Apes 3 and Fantastic Four 2, as well as a few smaller films.
The Gambit solo film, which stars Channing Tatum as the eponymous fan-favorite mutant, will hit theaters on October 7, 2016, marking the studio’s third X-Men related project that year (the other two of course being Deadpool in February and X-Men: Apocalypse in May). It seems that all faith has been restored in the superhero property, and that expansive cinematic universe they’ve been planning will finally start to take shape.
In other superhero news, Fox has moved up the release date for The Fantastic Four 2, and delayed the third Planet of the Apes film. Fantastic Four 2 will leave its predetermined July 14, 2017 release date and open on June 2 instead, while Planet of the Apes 3 moves from 2016 to that recently-vacated July 14 slot.
The Michael Fassbender-produced Assassin’s Creed adaptation, which was not only delayed but pulled off of Fox’s release calendar entirely earlier this year – is back into play and is scheduled to arrive on December 21, 2016.
Other films given release dates are the Rosamund Pike/Charlie Hunnam romantic drama The Mountain Between Us, which is scheduled for February 10, 2017, the Hugh Jackman P.T. Barnum film The Greatest Showman on Earth – which will arrive on Christmas Day in 2016, and the comedy Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates on July 29, 2016.