Hope you weren't too excited about seeing Monster Trucks this Christmas, as the live-action/CG animated adventure becomes another victim of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is the latest movie to move away from Disney and LucasFilm's behemoth, following Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation's move away from December earlier this year. Monster Trucks is being delayed until March 18, 2016.
This is the second time the $125M film has been shifted on Paramount's release slate. The family adventure is coming from Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies. Part of the reason for the move is that director Chris Wedge won't have the movie ready in time. The story is based on an original idea and follows the long-standing Monster Truck phenomena. Mary Parent will produce from a script by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, the team responsible for Kung Fu Panda and Paramount Animation's first release, this year's early hit The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
Monster Trucks was originally supposed to arrive this summer before being bumped to Christmas. It will now share its new release slot with the anticipated sequel, The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 1. But it is expected to attract a much different audience. The movie opens a week before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.