January 5, 2015
Fox Sets Release Dates For GAMBIT, FANTASTIC FOUR 2, PLANET OF THE APES 3 And ASSASSIN'S CREED
20th Century Fox (via TheWrap) has dumped a huge amount of new release dates for their 2016 film lineup and one new film for 2017. They include the release date for the X-Men spin-off Gambit starring Channing Tatum, which has an outline written by legendary X-Men comic book writer Chris Claremont. It's shooting script will be penned by Robocop writer Joshua Zetaummer. That project is coming October 7th, 2016 and will be the third X-Men film released. Tim Miller's Deadpool is set for next February 12th and Bryan Singer's X-Men Apocalypse comes right after in May 27th. Making their mark having released three X-Men films within one year, this would be before Marvel Studios makes their three release jump in 2017.
The other big news is that Matt Reeve's third Planet of The Apes film, which is currently untitled will be released on July 14th, 2017. It's expected that Andy Serkis and others reprising their roles, but we haven't had confirmation on anyone else besides him. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes was a corner-stone for the franchise, which is now in excellent shape. Thanks to Matt Reeves' direction on the last installment that should see franchise in very good hands. Reeves is currently putting together an outline.
You might notice the last date was originally set for Fantastic Four 2, nothing to worry about. The film's release is actually being bumped-up from July to June 2nd, 2017. It's expected that Josh Trank could be returning to direct with Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell expected to reprise their roles. Fox might be pushing for the sequel to shoot soon, because Trank is attached to direct a Star Wars spin-off. Some believe that the first film is in trouble, but this seems to show how much confidence the studio has in the movie. Bumping-up not pushing-back the release an entire year gives me the impression the studio really likes the film.
And finally, a new film franchise in the making with Assassin's Creed. The film is based on the wildly popular video game series and has Michael Fassbender still attached to star. The release date is now set for December 21st, 2016 and Aussie director Justin Kurzel is attached. That script has been penned by the writers of Exodus: Gods and Kings.