Sony Pictures announces that it has set the release dates for Spider-Man and Jumanji, two of its most highly anticipated films, for key summer 2017 weekends. Spider-Man, on which Sony Pictures is teaming with Marvel, will be released on July 7, 2017, moving from the previous date of July 28, 2017. The live-action Spider-Man movie stars Tom Holland and will be directed by Jon Watts. In addition, moving into the open weekend of July 28, 2017, the studio will release the tentpole franchise film Jumanji, moving from the previous date of December 25, 2016.
Neither of these release date shifts are terribly surprising, but each was presumably made for a different reason. Earlier today, Disney shifted Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales out of its original July 7, 2017 release date, moving it to the May 26, 2017 slot vacated by Star Wars: Episode VIII. The Spider-Man reboot didn't have any direct competition in either its new or old release date, and that won't likely change.
Tom Holland is currently the only confirmed cast member for the new Spider-Man, although there were rumors that surfaced last year that Marisa Tomei was in talks to portray Aunt May. The reboot is said to bring Peter Parker back to high school, with this movie starting a new trilogy where each movie will represent one year of school. The movie will also skip the traditional origin story, with the character already established as Spider-Man, making his debut in this year's Captain America: Civil War.
As for Jumanji, the release date shift isn't terribly surprising since the project just landed director Jake Kasdan last week, and no cast members have been announced quite yet. The studio set a Christmas 2016 release date back in October, but now it seems fans will have to wait a bit longer before this hits theaters. The new director will work from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
If Jumanji would have kept its Christmas 2016 release date, it would have gone up against Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, although a slew of high-profile movies are also opening around the same time frame. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens on December 16, with Assassin's Creed, Passengers and the musical Sing opening on December 21. What do you think about these release date shifts?