Fox on Thursday shifted the release date for its Marvel superhero movie “The Fantastic Four” from June 19, 2015, to August 7, 2015. The video game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed” had been set for that date and will likely push to 2016.
Directed by Josh Trank (“Chronicle”), “Fantastic Four” stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell. The new date puts it up against Sony’s horror comedy “Goosebumps,” but it’s also the slot that launched Disney’s blockbuster Marvel space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy” this summer, and comes just a few weeks after the fan boy extravaganza Comic-Con.
Fox also shifted “Paper Towns,” an adaptation of a young adult novel by John Green starring Cara Delevingne and Nat Woolf, from July 31, 2015, to June 19, 2015, the date vacated by “Fantastic Four.”
Jake Schreier directs “Paper Towns,” which will go up against Disney’s animated “Inside Out” on its new date. It’s the same slot on which Fox scored a huge hit this summer with another adaptation of a Green teen novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” which just crossed $300 million in worldwide grosses.
The studio also set Feb. 12, 2016, as the release date for its superhero saga “Deadpool,” a spin-0ff from its “X-Men” franchise. That pre-Valentines Day slot is already crowded, with Lionsgate’s “Gods of Egypt,” the Warner Bros. Romantic comedy “How to Be Single” and Universal’s untitled pets project penciled in.