Well, this is kind of a bummer. Duncan Jones’ Warcraft movie wrapped filming early last year (back in May), and already received a delay to move away from The Force Awakens. But apparently, Universal is confident in what they’ve seen and want Warcraft to compete in the Summer box office by giving it a new release date of June 10, 2016. While they were at it, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 2 also got a delay into the late 2017 Summer, moving to August 4, 2017.
Frankly, I’m not all that upset about Pacific Rim moving, but I was really looking forward to getting into some high fantasy action with Warcraft early next year. While it’s undoubtedly a good move for the film, which gives them more time on the HEAVY effects work they have to do, it likely means we have even longer to wait before really getting some footage from it. Alas, this is the way things go in the industry.
Universal also announced new release dates for a few other things, including both sequels for the Fifty Shades movie (if you’re into that sort of thing). Check out their list:
Legendary’s WARCRAFT, released in 3D by Universal Pictures, will move from March 11, 2016, to Friday, June 10, 2016.
Universal Pictures’ MENA will be released on Friday, January 6, 2017.
Universal Pictures’ FIFTY SHADES DARKER will be released on Friday, February 10, 2017.
Universal Pictures’ THE MUMMY will move from June 24, 2016, to Friday, March 24, 2017.
The new chapter in Universal Pictures’ FAST & FURIOUS saga will be released onFriday, April 14, 2017.
Legendary’s PACIFIC RIM 2 will move from April 7, 2017, to Friday, August 4, 2017. It will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures.
Universal Pictures’ FIFTY SHADES FREED will be released on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Universal Pictures’ UNTITLED UNIVERSAL MONSTER FRANCHISE FILM will move from April 21, 2017, to Friday, March 30, 2018.
That’s a pretty solid slate through the next few years, but expect them to make some shuffling noises again before too long. Jurassic World is tracking very well, and there’s already been talk of a sequel…so I would expect they’re going to try and squeeze that in somewhere too. What do you guys think of all this? Which film are you looking forward to most?