Earlier today, we announced that Fast & Furious 8 has been given an official release date of April 24, 2017. This was followed by the news that the next two Fifty Shades of Grey sequels have been given 2017 and 2018 release dates, both arriving in February to take advantage of the Valentine's Day holiday. Now comes news that Universal is shifting some of its most anticipated movies, handing out new release dates all around.
The highly anticipated video game adaptation Warcraft, directed by Duncan Jones, was originally scheduled to land next to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, opening two weeks earlier. Universal has now moved the fantasy action thriller to summer where it will open June 10, 2016. Also getting a new summer release date is Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim 2. It was set to open April 7, 2017. But it will instead hit in the late month of August, opening on the 4th. Universal's Untitled Mummy Reboot has actually been bumped out of summer, and will now open a full 10 months later, moving from June 24, 2016 to March 24, 2017. Here is the Full Release schedule:
Mena - January 6, 2017
Fifty Shades Darker - February 10, 2017
Untitled Mummy Reboot - March 24, 2017
Fast & Furious 8 - April 14, 2017
Pacific Rim 2 - August 4, 2017
Fifty Shades Freed - February 9, 2018
This is the second time Warcraft has moved on the schedule. It was originally set to come out this Christmas, but moved so it wouldn't have to compete with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Moving from spring to summer marks it as an important tentpole for the studio with enormous franchise potential. The movie will now go up against sequels The Conjuring 2 and Now You See Me 2: The Second Act, as well as the long-awaited video game adaptation Uncharted. It's possible that Uncharted will now move to a different date, but that hasn't been confirmed.