20th Century Fox has made a number of changes to its release slate today, most notably pushing Independence Day 2 nearly one full year, from July 3, 2015 to July 1, 2016. As of now, the only competition facing director Roland Emmerich's sequel is Sony's Angry Birds animated movie.
The last we heard about this sequel was in October, when Roland Emmerich revealed that two scripts had been written, one with Will Smith's Stephen Hiller from the 1996 original Independence Day, and one without the character, in case the actor decides not to sign on. It isn't known why the project was delayed a full year, but perhaps it is to buy more time to try and coax Will Smith to come back.
The studio has also pushed its Fantastic Four remake from March 6, 2015, to June 19, 2015, where it will face Disney's Inside Out, while shifting Assassin's Creed from June 19, 2015 to August 7, 2015. The video game adaptation currently doesn't have any direct competitors in its new release date.
The Secret Service, an adaptation of Matthew Vaughn's comic book series, is moving up to the March 6, 2015 date, from November 14, 2014. The studio has also handed out new release dates for Vince Vaughn's Business Trip (October 24, 2014) and the Jason Statham/Melissa McCarthy spy comedy Susan Cooper (May 22, 2015).