Something must be in the water over in Hollywood, because movie release dates are being shifted around left and right. First yesterday, there was news that “Star Wars Episode VIII” was pushed from May to December of 2017, and then there was news that the new “Spider-Man” flick will be dropped 21 days ahead of the previous scheduled date.
Now THR is reporting that the upcoming “Mummy” reboot, starring Tom Cruise and “Kingsman” star Sofia Boutella, has been pushed back from March 24, 2017 to June 9 of the same year, about two and a half months later.
As of right now, there doesn’t seem to be any clear reason for the move, apart from maybe needing a bit more time to get things into motion. The only other film that was also set to release on March 24 of 2017 was the “Power Rangers” movie, and now that “The Mummy” is set to release on June 9, it will be going up against “The Divergent Series: Ascendant,” and the sequel to “World War Z.” Ironically enough, this move seems to put “The Mummy” in a worse place than before, but perhaps those extra months will help to make the film especially great.
In addition to the normal difficulties of a typical film, we know that Universal is planning on doing an entire monsters shared universe, so there are likely to be plenty of other complications along the way. While Marvel had the advantage of being able to build their Cinematic Universe one film at a time, every other studio replicating its success has to have all their ducks in a row ahead of time, because that’s what audiences expect. Just take a look at what DC’s doing, and it’s clear that most viewers simply won’t tolerate a haphazardly-built world.
Now whether or not audiences will actually respond to a monsters shared universe…that’s another question altogether. Regardless, almost no one is incredibly hungry to see these monsters on the big screen at this point, so if they’re going to make these films, they may as well take as long as they need to make sure they’re as good as possible.
What do you think of the push in release date? More importantly how does a “Mummy” reboot and a monsters shared universe strike you? Let us know in the comments down below!