As if it wasn't enough for them to reveal just when Gambit's set to show its cards to the world, 20th Century Fox have today also announced details of a revised release schedule for the third instalment in their rebooted Planet of the Apes saga, the follow-up to their impending X-Men Cinematic Universe spin-off The Fantastic Four and, just to top it all off, their long-in-limbo take on Ubisoft's hit Assassin's Creed franchise of time-travelling video game voyages. Whilst the former of this trio has seemingly been blessed with a painless development cycle (indeed, its existence and successful première looked all but inevitable from the outset given the commercial and critical acclaim reaped by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last Summer), the latter pair haven't been anywhere near as fortunate, falling prey to sceptic fans and scheduling issues aplenty in their long-winded quests to début in auditoriums the world over (although admittedly The Fantastic Four 2 has been hampered of late more as a result of production troubles faced by its predecessor than anything else).
Contrary to popular belief (in some online circles, at least), though, the situation isn't hopelessly bleak at this point by any means, since none of these motion pictures are anywhere close to having their metaphorical heads removed by a metaphorical guillotine (short of The Fantastic Four performing woefully this July, anyway). Given that Dawn may well have scooped up our Film of the Year 2014 award (more on that particular shortlist soon), we'd be amazed if our readers didn't anticipate the fact that our levels of excitement for the follow-up are phenomenally high. Indeed, we're hardly fretful about the notion of experiencing a cinematic version of Creed, yet the same can't necessarily be said of Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four, especially in light of our profound disillusionment with the director's début effort, Chronicle (2/5). As ever, however, it'll doubtless pay dividends to reserve judgement until release date, and it's with that in mind that we'll reiterate the need for anyone who's got even a faint interest in discovering the critical or commercial prospects of film projects such as these (or any major mainstream blockbuster, for that matter) to keep it locked at On-Screen in the months ahead.
Planet of the Apes (and yes, Fox truly are refusing to brand it as anything other than the third film with that title in half a century) will now clamber into cinemas on July 14th, 2017, after which before the so-called Fantastic Four reassemble in time for June 2nd, 2017, yet not before Assassin's Creed loads up its Animus in local ODEONs, Vues and the like on December 21st, 2016.