Last night, 20th Century Fox decided to have a little bit of fun with it's release schedule, mixing up a couple of dates, moving others and announcing new ones. One move that shouldn't come as a surprise, but may disappoint is that Planet of the Apes 3, the follow-up to this past summer's hit Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is being moved a full year away from its original release date. While this means we'll now have to wait two years instead of one, it also means we'll likely get a better, less rushed movie.
Planet of the Apes 3, which will bring back director Matt Reeves and Andy Serkis as Caesar, was originally set for release in July 2016, but will now hit on July 14, 2017. The story will continue Caesar's journey as the apes continue to conquer the world after a simian flu has wiped out most of mankind.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has pulled in over $700 million at the worldwide box office, and is the highest grossing film in the entire franchise, which began in 1968 with the original Planet of the Apes. Planet of the Apes 3 takes The Fantastic Four 2's original release date, with that Marvel sequel being moved to June 2, 2017. At this time, Planet of the Apes 3 has no direct competition, but it does open one week after Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales finally sets sail on July 7, 2017.