Fox Dates Poltergeist and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Sequel


It was revealed last week that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves will be returning for another entry in the sci-fi film series. Today, 20th Century Fox has dated the untitled film (the ninth in the franchise overall and the third since the series was rebooted for the second time with Rise of the Planet of the Apes) for July 29, 2016. There are currently no other films scheduled for release on that day.

Also added to Fox’s calendar is director Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist remake, now slated to hit the big screen on February 13, 2015. That puts it head to head with Paramount Pictures’ Spongebob SquarePants 2, Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey and Fox’s own The Longest Ride.

Finally, Night at the Museum 3 has had its previously-announced Christmas Day release shifted by one week. It will now arrive in theaters one week earlier on December 19, the same day as Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Annie.

A few other Fox release date changes include the Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride, which has moved away from the Valentine’s Day 2015 release date that was already taken by the anticipated 50 Shades of Grey, and it’s now scheduled for April 3, 2015, but it has yet to announce a director or cast. Also, Jake “New Girl” Johnson’s police comedy Let’s Be Cops will be released by 20th Century Fox on August 13, 2014. It’s opening against The Expendables 3 and The Giver.