We’re not exactly sure if this has anything to do with Star Wars finally getting an official release date, but quite a few movies have had their release dates shuffled around in the past several days. We just reported that The Fantastic Four got moved up from March 6, 2015 to June 19, 2015, and now the sequel to ID4 and the movie version of Assassin’s Creed have new release dates as well.
As Deadline and Collider tells us, the Independence Day sequel will now be moved from July 3, 2015 to July 1, 2016. This now puts it out in the same year as Avatar 2, but we’re willing to bet those movies won’t go anywhere each other. (We’re pretty sure the next Avatar will be Christmas fare instead of a summer release.)
Now for the great white hope of video game movies, Assassin’s Creed. Collider informs us that the release date is being moved from June to August 7, 2015. Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, Shame) will be starring, and Creed also has a damn good screenwriter involved, Scott Frank (Minority Report, Get Shorty, Out of Sight.).
Ubisoft has been developing adaptations of their movies in house in the hopes of preventing big studio meddling, and 2015 promises to be an important year for future video game adaptations. If Assassin’s Creed and World of Warcraft deliver on the big screen, it could usher in a whole new era of game films. If not, we’re back at square one.
As for the long awaited sequel to ID4, it may be smart to move it out of 2015 so it doesn’t have to compete with Terminator, Avengers 2, Terminator 5, Star Wars, etc. We’re still not sure how much the fans are clamoring for another ID4 however. We’re big fans of the first one ourselves, and recapturing the spirit of the original could be really tough to do, but we’re certainly hoping for the best.