With names like Disney and Warner Bros making huge splashes lately, and getting loads of front page attention, announcing ambitious slates of films that span the next few years, 20th Century Fox has been relatively quiet on the studio's plans for what's to come. Outside of talk about creating their own Marvel Cinematic Universe, using the rights they hold to both the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties, not a whole lot buzz has been felt for what they've got planned.
Well, that changed yesterday.
The studio announced releases for seven films between now and 2017. Below is a list of all of their big "fanboy" properties that are coming up, which represent how Fox somewhat quietly became the biggest studio in Hollywood despite its peers grabbing most of the headlines:
- Taken 3: 1/9/15
- Fantastic Four: 8/7/15
- Hitman: Agent 47: 8/28/15
- Deadpool: 2/12/16
- X-Men: Apocalypse: 5/27/16
- Independence Day 2: 6/24/16
- Gambit: 10/7/16 (ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY)**
- Assassin's Creed: 12/21/16 (ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY)**
- Untitled Wolverine Film: 3/3/17
- Fantastic Four 2: 6/2/17 (ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY, CHANGED FROM 7/14/17)**
- Untitled Planet of The Apes: 7/14/17 (ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY)
Fox's films earned $5.5 billion in 2014, which broke industry records. The slate above doesn't even include the sequels to the highest-grossing film of all time, Avatar, since those don't have firm releases yet but are rumored to come annually on Christmas starting in 2016.
Gambit star, Channing Tatum got in on the announcements yesterday, excited about his first foray into comic book films:
How do you say October 7, 2016 in Cajun?— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) January 6, 2015
Also announced yesterday were releases for Hugh Jackman's P.T. Barnum flick The Greatest Showman on Earth (12/25/16), comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (7/29/16), and the romantic drama The Mountain Between Us (4/10/17), which will star Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam and Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike.
SOURCE: The Wrap